Foreign News: New Directive

At U.S. headquarters in the vast I.G. Farben building in Frankfurt, correspondents busily buttonholed U.S. officials and tried to pump them for news. Word had got out that High Commissioner John J. McCloy had received a new directive from Washington on U.S. policy in Germany. "I don't see what all the fuss is about," snapped one of McCloy's top aides. "There's very little in the directive that you couldn't have written yourself."

The directive, sent to McCloy by the State Department last month, did no more than to codify and sharpen U.S. policy as stated in the Occupation Statute for the West...

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