The U.S. State Department's decision to allot 500,000 tons of petroleum to Argentina was no oil on troubled Pan-American waters.

The thought of sleek Argentines purring over the pampas at a prewar clip while U.S. motorists were rationed and Brazilians burned charcoal sparked a widespread resentment. The Washington Post called the deal "snubbing our friends and favoring our enemies."

Acting Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew last week explained the oil deal: 1) the petroleum shipments were in exchange for vegetable oils, which Argentines are now using as fuel; 2) 80% of the petroleum would be transported in Argentine tankers.

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