The Secretary of State to Diplomatic and Consular Officers in the American Republics
Sirs: A number of diplomatic missions and consular offices in the other American republics have requested that they be furnished with information showing the sacrifices being made in the United States by industry and consumers because of the current shortage of strategic materials required for the national defense effort. This material has been requested to assist diplomatic and consular officers in answering charges in governmental and private circles that the United States is itself not making sacrifices commensurate with the ones the other American republics are called upon to suffer.
There is enclosed a memorandum indicating some of the sacrifices which the American manufacturing and consuming public have been called on to make because of material shortages. It is hoped that this information will be of assistance to you in explaining officially and privately that at least equal treatment is being sought in every instance for the requests of the other American republics and that extensive sacrifices are being made in this country. While it is not desired that officers carry on any concerted campaign to get these data before the public in the country to which you are accredited, nevertheless it may be possible in your discretion to use the material [Page 166] to advantage in discussions with governmental officers, influential trade and financial circles, and possibly in public addresses which you might be called on to make in the normal course of affairs.
Very truly yours,