Peace Between the U.S. and Russia: At What Cost?

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Joseph Stalin

Last week, Senator Styles Bridges, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, went into a New Hampshire railroad station to buy a ticket to Washington. He got his ticket, and a lecture with it.

"I don't know what the hell you think about this Marshall plan," the station agent said, "but I don't understand it, and by God I don't think you understand it."

"I don't claim to understand all about it," Bridges said. "Why?"

"Well, I think we've done about enough for the rest of the world and Europe," the agent said. "I see where we've...

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