By T.O. Smith
Put within the wider context of British imperial and diplomatic goals in 1941-1945, the booklet clarifies the significance of Vietnam to Britain's neighborhood goals in Southeast Asia; concluding that Churchill used to be keen to sacrifice French colonial pursuits in Vietnam for his all-important 'special dating' with the United States.
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Churchill was not convinced that they merited his immediate attention. Yet he did grasp the nature of the potential danger from across the Atlantic. 75 A subsequent speech by Sumner Welles allayed some of Churchill’s fears about the Four-Power Plan. Thus, the Prime Minister agreed to the plan being brought before the Cabinet. 76 The War Cabinet accepted the principles contained within the Four-Power Plan on 27 November 1942 – including China as one of the four Great Powers. 77 Notwithstanding the speech by Welles, the Foreign Office was becoming increasingly frustrated with America’s conduct.
14 Those first few preliminary meetings flattered Eden and raised his expectations. Eden’s primary meeting with Roosevelt was at dinner on 13 March. Hopkins and John Winant, the American Ambassador to Britain, were also present. 15 Eden was, however, unimpressed with the unprofessional attitude to business adopted in Washington, the petty jealousies of Hull, Welles and Winant, and the resultant confusion. Harvey noted how disorganised the White House appeared and also the amount of alcohol consumed.
Eden was livid with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary half-heartedly threatened to resign. Harvey was furious. 72 Foreign Office ire was evident for all to see. Churchill was also clearly upset with the continuing discussions concerning the character of the post-war world. He returned to the issue seven days later. In a speech on 10 November 1942, at the Lord Mayor’s luncheon banquet in the Mansion House of the City of London, the Prime Minister issued his truculent – and now infamous – battle cry.