FOREIGN RELATIONS: Mission to Madrid

Two months ago, Harry Truman acidly told his news conference that it would be a long time before he sent an ambassador to Spain. Last week he sent one.

The President, who has been heard to call Axis Junior Partner Francisco Franco a rascal—among other things—made no attempt to hide his continuing contempt for Spain's dictator. He said his attitude toward Spain hasn't changed one bit. But Harry Truman, like many other people, was beginning to be less & less choosy about allies. Franco, after all, sits in a strategic position in the Mediterranean and in Europe, and he has...

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