February 28, 2010

I do not think we should play compromise any longer.

"We should refuse to recognize Rumania and Bulgaria until they comply with or requirements; we should let our position on Iran be known in no uncertain terms and we should continue to insist on the internationalization of the Kiel Canal, the Rhine-Danube waterway and the Black Sea Straits and we should maintain complete control of Japan and the Pacific. We should rehabilitate China and create a strong central government there. We should do the same for Korea.

Then we should insist on the return of our ships from Russia and force a settlement of the Lend-Lease Debt of Russia.

I'm tired of babying the Soviets."

Source: An unsent letter by President S Truman to Secretary of State James F. Byrnes dated January 5, 1946 -- Harry S Truman Library, Harry S Truman Papers, President's Secretary's Files , Box 333, 1946.


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