Business: Good Plan, Bad Planning

The Office of War Information last week quietly announced the first U.S. campaign of economic warfare designed to win conquered natives to the United Nations' cause. Over $5,000,000 of civilian goods, said OWI, had been purchased with Lend-Lease funds for shipment to French North Africa. Some 6,000 tons of sugar, kerosene, green tea, matches, newsprint, cheap textiles and clothing, medicines, etc., are already en route, 7,000 tons more are awaiting shipment and "additional civilian supplies of many times that value" are to be purchased soon.

The plan was brilliant: since, as OWI pointed out last week, "the Nazis have stripped North Africa,"...

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