Tuesday, Mar. 23, 1943
The war wasn’t over but politicians were already wrangling about the post-war world. Churchill’s speech yesterday came out strongly in favor of an international body to help end future conflicts. Madame Chiang Kai Shek of China was in the United States making similar appeals to cheering audiences. But, overall, Americans were lukewarm to this idea and some were adamantly against it. Supplying their Allies had been a huge drain on American resources. The West Coast was even braced for riots over the shortages of meat, butter, and potatoes. In addition, Russia was a real sticking point. It’s fine to say “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But when it’s Stalin? Many Americans were practically frothing at the mouth that Communist Russia and Stalin now had a say in the outcome of the post-war world. Long before the official beginning of the Cold War and the Russian blockade of Berlin, quite a few Americans wanted to slam the door on any further foreign entanglements.