U.S. At War: Cairo Questionnaire

Egyptian newsmen wanted answers. What are America's intentions in the Middle East? They had watched staffs of British and American planners growing in their land, far beyond military needs; had seen British and Americans begin juggling for air transport supremacy. But while British intentions were clear, how about the U.S.? Was the U.S. preparing to remain in the Middle East—politically, economically, militarily—at war's end?

James M. Landis, new U.S. Economic Director for the Middle East, skittishly skirted these questions last week at his first Cairo press conference. Said he gravely: "U.S. policy is 'achievement of the objectives of the Atlantic Charter.'" Egyptian...

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