Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood

"Never has American prestige in Europe been lower. People never tire of telling you of the ignorance and rowdy-ism of American troops, of our misunderstanding of European conditions. They say that the theft and sale of Army supplies by our troops is the basis of their black market. They blame us for the corruption and disorganization of UNRRA. They blame us for the fumbling timidity of our negotiations with the Soviet Union. They tell us that our mechanical de-nazification policy in Germany is producing results opposite to those we planned. 'Have you no statesmen in America?' they ask."

"...[I]instead of coming in with a bold plan of relief and reconstruction we came in full of evasions and apologies."

John Dos Passos, "Americans Are Losing the Victory in Europe", _Life_, Jan 7, 1946. <>

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