National Affairs: Shake-Up

President Harry Truman moved swiftly to tidy up U.S. hemispheric affairs. Within three days, he agreed that Argentina had fulfilled her commitments under the Act of Chapultepec, brusquely accepted the resignations of Assistant Secretary of State Spruille Braden and Ambassador to Argentina George Messersmith.

Braden's insistence that Argentina fulfill the last letter of her anti-Nazi commitments was paralyzing State's Latin American division. Messersmith had attacked his job of smoothing U.S.-Argentine relations with such gusto that he was beginning to look like an apologist for President Juan Perón.

Messersmith's probable successor was smooth, amiable James Bruce, 54, vice president of the National Dairy Products...

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