FOREIGN RELATIONS: Sanctions on Spain

The U.S. State Department, on military advice, decided that the time had come to stop buying Francisco Franco's favors. Cordell Hull had just demonstrated that even the Best Neighbor's patience has limits: 1) by refusing to recognize Bolivia's Axis-tainted new regime; 2) by recalling socialite Ambassador Pierre Boal: 3) and by helping Britain force an Argentine break with the Axis (see p. 34). Now he shut off tight the shipments of Caribbean oil which the tubby Spanish dictator must have to run his industries. Britain joined in the sanctions. Russia, annoyed by "some portion" of the Spanish Blue Division still...

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