INTERNATIONAL: World at the Fireside

For the 43 minutes that Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke last week, the little grove of microphones on the desk before him were the ears of the whole world: of 65 millions of U.S. citizens, many more millions across the oceans. Never before had the metaphor of "fireside chat" seemed so inadequate.

The first definitive statement of U.S. foreign policy in the world today was not one but a three-gun salvo, directed not only toward Europe, but toward Latin America and Asia as well. At week's end, as near as spotters could judge, the score...

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