Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Now comes this Russian diversion. If it is more than just that it will mean the liberation of Europe from Nazi domination—and at the same time I do not think we need to worry about the possibility of any Russian domination.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, June 26, 1941, to Admiral William D. Leahy, Ambassador to Vichy France. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 377. ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Roosevelt was being told by his Navy and Army people that the Red Army could not last more than about six weeks. However, some observers in the Department of State thought the Russians would resist more forcefully. The President's observation that America need not worry about Russian domination had less to do with an assessment of Russian possible intention than with what he thought were strategic realities of place and position.
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