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June 11, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | January 20, 2014                     

This ridiculous non-syndicated commentary ran in the editorial section of newspapers across the country between around Monday, June 11 and Thursday, June 28, 1951.


Have you ever slipped a letter into the wrong envelope and mailed it off? It happens in the best of families. Even, in fact, in the diplomatic family.

Our envoy to Iran, Henry Grady, in effect did just that the other day when he mistakenly handed to Premier Mossadegh a copy of a letter written by President Truman [Harry S. Truman] to Prime Minister Attlee of Britain. [Clement Attlee] Grady was supposed to deliver a message intended for the Iranian leader.

Mossadegh is an emotional man, given to bursts of tears in public. Grady’s miscue sounds like the best excuse for a breakdown the premier has yet had.


Related links:

A Bad Break Is Feared | The Knickerbocker News, October 17, 1951

We Asked For It | U.S. editorial, November 16, 1951

“Broken Weekend” May Break British-Iranian Deadlock | J.E. Jones, August 9, 1951

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