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FDR tragically misjudged “Uncle Joe”

In his book “Dupes“, Paul Kengor chronicles FDR’s misguided charity towards Stalin (to whom he gave the casual moniker “Uncle Joe”).  FDR had several close advisors who tried to coax him out of this stance throughout his Presidency, to no avail.  Tragically, FDR stubbornly held his position through the Yalta Conference, which occurred just a couple of months before his death.  Kengor writes:

It took FDR only a few weeks to deduce that he may have failed postwar Eastern Europe at Yalta.  He learned quickly, but only after the conference.  He had been president for twelve years prior to Yalta–during which time the Soviet tyrant was murdering tens of millions of his own citizens for his classless “utopia”–but still he had not figured out Stalin’s monstrous character.  This was an odd learning curve, and a fatal one.

Churchill, FDR, and Stalin at the infamous Yalta Conference

pacifism in 1934

From “The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster“:

It would be wrong in judging the policy of the British Government not to remember the passionate desire for peace, which animated the uniformed, misinformed majority of the British people, and seemed to threaten with political extinction any party or politician who dared to take any other line. This, of course, is no excuse for political leaders who fall short of their duty. It is much better for parties or politicians to be turned out of office than to imperil the life of the nation.
– Sir Winston Churchill

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