International: Feb. 27, 1947

On a quiet afternoon last week, 171 years after the American Colonies broke away from the Crown, the terrible responsibilities (and the equally awesome opportunities) of the British Empire were delivered to Washington, addressed to the American people, c/o George C. Marshall (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Secretary of State for only five weeks, Marshall had been cramming for the Moscow Conference on the German peace when the British note arrived and he learned that after March 31 Britain would be unable to continue help to Greece and Turkey. Marshall understood that that meant a...

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