PROPAGANDA: Kremlin to White House

Joseph Stalin did not bother to make a speech in answer to Harry Truman's call for a halt to Russia's bullyboy tactics. The Soviet dictator let his leading historian Eugene Tarle do the verbal hatchet work.

Truman's speech, said Tarle, was "compounded of syrupy speculations." The U.S. President "resembled most the Dickensian Pecksniff. They have the same manner—alternating a fox's tail and a wolf's teeth . . . [Truman's] distinguishing trait is a rather disgusting simulation of sincerity, simplicity and good humor . . . [His true policy] is an appeal to force [concealed by] a mixture of oleaginous hypocrisy...

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