THE NATION: Cold & Clear

Early on a frosty morning, Secretary of State George Marshall came back from London. Harry Truman and his entire Cabinet were at Washington's airport to give him a warming welcome. As Marshall stepped from the Sacred Cow, the President greeted him: "Good morning. You did a good job." Said Marshall: "I'm sorry that I couldn't bring back a profitable result."

That night on the radio, the Secretary did a schoolmasterly job of detailing for the U.S. people the reasons for the breakup of the Foreign Ministers' Conference (TIME, Dec. 22). He made it clear to the nation that there is little...

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