Ambassador Winant is coming home this week to report to the President. He will report on the progress of a relationship and a vision: war and post-war collaboration between the U.S. and Britain, some plan now unformed and unnamed, to build a better world. In such a world, in such a union the U.S. and Britain must meet each other with more than words, handshakes or good intentions.

In the U.S., that seaborne vision was having heavy weather. Anti-British jokes had cropped up again, anti-British criticisms crept even into friendly editorials, were ridden...

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