International: A New Way of Doing Things

President Truman quickly assured the world that he intended no basic change in U.S. foreign policy, and the world believed him.* Yet even as he took the oath, the shudder of inevitable change ran through the whole international fabric.

"We Know Each Other." Gone was the Big Three's intangible, invaluable personal relationship. Nothing that Harry Truman might be or do could mend the ties of shared danger, joint responsibility and constant communication which bound Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. The dead President had described the nature and value of that relationship in his last major speech, his report to Congress on Yalta:

"Since the...

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