FOREIGN RELATIONS: A Little Butter for His Bread

"I only want," said the king, "a little bit of butter for my bread."

—A. A. Milne

The U.S. muddle over Palestine became more muddled last week. Not even Harry Truman himself knew where he stood. Out of Washington trickled the inside story of how the muddle got that way.

Harry Truman had agreed to the policy switch from partition to trusteeship apparently without realizing what the switch meant. An anguished Clark Clifford had pointed out to him that it was political suicide. But by that time the deed was done.

Harry Truman might well have let it go at that. The idea...

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