National Affairs: Welles's Finger

Despite the fact that he could hand-pick his subordinates, Spruille Braden faced a dilemma. Last week an old hand at Latin American affairs put his finger on it. Wrote onetime Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles in his New York Herald Tribune column: "For over two years I have warned that the policy of the Department of State would arouse popular support for the military leaders and weaken [Argentina's] liberal and democratic forces. [This policy] helped to bring about [Peron's] triumph."

To those who insisted that the State Department "has been battling for a lofty principle," Welles replied: "In so far as...