The U.S. would trust in God, and keep its plutonium dry. With patience and firmness it would help to build a world of order. The Russians, who had neither God nor (as yet) plutonium, would have to trust the peace-loving U.S.

Every Life, Everywhere. President Truman, restating U.S. foreign policy (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), spoke directly to Americans who have freedom and want a secure peace. Indirectly, he also spoke to Britain, wartime ally and uneasy peacetime junior partner; to lesser allies who look to the U.S. for leadership; to people everywhere who want freedom; and to the Russians.

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