"When the Marshall proposals were announced," said Ernie Bevin in Britain last week, "I grabbed them with both hands."
So did Europe.
To the French, Marshall's intimation that the U.S. was at last going to seek "a cure rather than a ... palliative" for Europe's troubles was the best news since the Allies landed in Normandy. It mattered little that le plan Marshall was vague."Today there is something new in the lives of Frenchmen," breathed President of the Republic Vincent Auriol.
As for the Russians, they seemed to be in a box, for once. If...