Foreign News: After You, Dear Allies

Having been snubbed from Yalta, General Charles de Gaulle was in a mood to do some snubbing of his own last week. He declined Franklin Roosevelt's invitation to a tête-à-tête in the Mediterranean. Then, with haughty suspicion, he proclaimed the French Empire's aloofness from any trilateral designs planned in the Crimea.

At a special Cabinet session the General and his Ministers decided to build "a large land, air and naval base" on Africa's Atlantic bulge, at Dakar, which Franklin Roosevelt more than once implied was a U.S. strategic outpost. A few days later the...