National Affairs: Reactions

The question raised by the Paris Plan—a question which the U.S. must now answer—was this: can, or will, the U.S. get Western Europe to organize itself? Russia was obviously banking on the chance that the U.S. could not or would not. Then chaos would come to Europe, and chaos is Russia's dish.

From a Union of Beggars? Washington studied the report seriously but without enthusiasm. Top level policymakers appreciated the sweat and good intentions which had gone into it, but in many respects they considered it discouragingly unsatisfactory.

For one thing, it was too...

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