National Affairs: Brave New Deeds

U.S. officials who went to the Potsdam conference remember the evening when Secretary of State Byrnes showed up an hour late for dinner in the American quarters at No. 3 Wilhelmstrasse. Winston Churchill had held him up, talking. "All we do here is listen," lamented Jimmy Byrnes. "Britain tells us what she wants. Russia tells us what she wants. I'm tired of listening to what other people want. . . ."

Last week, in Paris, Jimmy Byrnes began telling the world what the U.S. State Department wants. A U.S. foreign policy was being laid down...

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