U.S. At War: Oil to Spain: The Answer

In Barcelona last month the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, Carlton J. H. Hayes, made a statement that had repercussions (TIME, March 8). Shipments from America, he said, had built up Fascist Spain's oil stocks "considerably higher than the present per capita distribution of the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S." To many this smelled of State Department appeasement—the kind once tendered Japan and Vichy. Sections of the U.S. press viewed with alarm. Some Eastern Congressmen viewed with anger.

Last week Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles set part of the record straight. In the past two years, he said, the U.S. had shipped...

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