THE AMERICAS: Welles Lights Up

The icy patience of tall, cool Sumner Welles suddenly ran out. For months the State Department had politely nudged the governments of Argentina and Chile, reminding them of hemispheric unity. But Argentina, under isolationist President Ramón S. Castillo, stayed stubbornly unregenerate. And Chile, under veteran politico President Juan Antonio Rios, kept coy. They, alone of all the Americas, refused to break relations with the Axis.

Embarrassing to the State Department were the reactions of other South American countries, which began to ask questions. Why should Chile continue to receive U.S. supplies, as she did? Propaganda...

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