Tag: Cordell Hull

Boris Says the Strangest Things

Boris Says the Strangest Things

British For­eign Min­is­ter Boris John­son, whose book, The Churchill Fac­tor, is fet­ed wide­ly, is a lik­able gent who speaks his mind with a smile. He’s a chap you’d like to share a pint with at the local.

But fame and lik­a­bil­i­ty don’t a Churchill schol­ar make. And in that depart­ment, Boris John­son needs some help.

His remarks are quot­ed from a Novem­ber 14th speech at the Yale Club in New York City.

Boris Fact-checks

1) Lend-Lease, Roosevelt’s World War II “loan” of $50 bil­lion worth of war materiel to the Allies, “screwed” the British.

I queried Pro­fes­sor War­ren Kim­ball of Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty, edi­tor of the Churchill-Roo­sevelt Cor­re­spon­dence and sev­er­al books on World War II, who wrote:

The U.S.…

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Pearl Harbor: Did Churchill Know?

Pearl Harbor: Did Churchill Know?

This may seem like a sil­ly ques­tion but it was brought up by a sup­posed World War II “his­to­ri­an,” with no proof, of course. The per­son stat­ed that Churchill “tricked” Franklin Roo­sevelt into join­ing the war effort. Is there any proof of this or is it just a myth?  I find it hard to believe. FDR joined the war after Pearl Har­bor was attacked. I can­not see how some­one is tricked into join­ing a war. Any insight you can give will be much appre­ci­at­ed. —G.K.

It’s an old favorite of the “full-moon­ers,” but has long been reject­ed by the more seri­ous his­to­ri­ans.…

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Galloping Lie

Galloping Lie

Can you please advise whether or not Sir Win­ston Churchill said: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  Many thanks.—A.S., Bermuda

Cordell Hull (Library of Congress)

It was Cordell Hull, not Churchill. I have a slight vari­a­tion of it in the “Red Her­rings” appen­dix of  Churchill by Him­self, page 576:

“A lie will gal­lop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breech­es on.” —Although com­mon­ly ascribed to Churchill (who would have said trousers, not breech­es), this was actu­al­ly writ­ten by Franklin Roosevelt’s Sec­re­tary of State, Cordell Hull.…

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