FOREIGN RELATIONS: We Will Not Be Coerced

Though most of Harry Truman's attention was centered on his message to Congress, he could no longer ignore the threatening storm clouds piling up over Europe. Early last week he called General Lucius Clay and his political adviser Robert Murphy home from Berlin for consultations on the Russian blockade (see INTERNATIONAL). Then tension in official Washington mounted almost hourly.

At the White House, President Truman conferred urgently with Secretary of State George Marshall and Defense Secretary James Forrestal. General Clay arrived and plunged into a round of top-level conferences at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, with the National Security Council at...

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