FOREIGN TRADE: Running the War

On President Roosevelt's desk this week were at least five different drafts of an executive order setting up a U.S. version of Britain's Ministry of Economic Warfare. In Washington, where the phrase is already a cliche, three names were mentioned for the Minister's job: Dean Acheson of the State Department, Deputy Loan Administrator Will Clayton, Brigadier General Russell L. Maxwell, now Administrator of Export Control. Biggest question mark was not whether such an order would be signed, but whether the man who runs it will be given any real power. Even if...