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Bull in a China Shop

Bull in a China Shop

An recent arti­cle declares: “Win­ston Churchill once described Amer­i­can diplo­ma­cy as  ‘a bull who car­ries his own chi­na shop around with him.’” Is this an accu­rate quote, and if so, in rela­tion too what? —L.K., Texas

The expres­sion is fre­quent­ly repeat­ed, but in regard to Eisenhower’s Sec­re­tary of State John Fos­ter Dulles, not Amer­i­can diplo­ma­cy. But it does not track among Churchill’s 15 mil­lion pub­lished words (books, arti­cles, speech­es, papers), or 35 mil­lion about him. The phrase “chi­na shop” comes up 22 times, vir­tu­al­ly all of them remarks by oth­ers about Churchill….…

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