THE NATION: The Loaded-Answer Man

THE NATION The Loaded-Answer Man

Five times since the end of World War II, Joseph Stalin had deigned to answer written questions from U.S. and British correspondents. The questions and the timing were strictly of his choosing, and the answers were always loaded to show that Old Joe was a man of peace — especially when the West was at a crucial stage in building its own counter-strength.

In September 1946, for example, Joe was at his pious best. Asked Correspondent Alexander Werth of the London Sunday Times: "Do you believe that the quickest withdrawal of all American forces in Chi...

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