"The British are coming to Washington at a rate that almost amounts to a
second invasion. Even in 1814, when the Redcoats burned the Capitol, their
force was scarcely more impressive. Actually there are 430 representatives of
the British government in Washington today--130 members of the Embassy
staff, 300 members of the British Purchasing Commission and British Air Commission. The figure includes everyone--officers, clerks, messengers, and chauffeurs. The British Embassy and Chancery now is the largest diplomatic establishment in Washington, but it is not large enough. An annex has been added
to care for an overflow of coding clerks and officials of the office of Economic
Warfare. Meanwhile, the two British commissions occupy space in four other
buildings. They started out in modest quarters in the Hibbs Building, expanded
to the entire top floor of the Willard Hotel, added further space in the Adams
Building, and most recently have taken over Andrew Mellon's old apartment at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue to accommodate the Air Commission. These are
the British in Washington alone. In addition, the New York office of the Purchasing Commission numbers 1,000 persons, plus 500 inspectors who travel
about the country testing the wide assortment of articles, from ships to airplanes,
which are being purchased in the United States." ( Pearson and
Allen, Dec. 5, 1940)
Recognition that a great world revolution was on came slowly but by the
spring of 1940 had been widely recognized, so much so that it became the function of the propaganda centers to pooh-pooh this idea and emphasize that the
Empire was engaged merely in a policeman's job to put down gangsters.
NOTES ON A MORAL WAR
H. L. Mencken
"The English are in the war for a simple and single reason, to wit,
their desire to prevent the rise of a powerful rival in Europe, offering an
inevitable challenge to their general supervision of the world. That is
why they went to war the last time, and that is why they go through the
motions of being at war today. It is a rational reason, but it is as devoid of moral content as a theorem in algebra or a college yell. If the
English, with the help of French, American and other mercenaries, manage to scotch Hitler, and Poland is restored, they will try to operate it
as a puppet state, just as they operate Egypt and Iraq. And if Hitler
turns out to be unscotchable they will gladly let him collar as many
Polands as may be needed to quiet and content him, just as they let him
collar Czecho-Slovakia when Czecho-Slovakia seemed enough.
"That the majority of Americans appear to have fallen more or less
for the English pretension to altruism, and even favor supporting it with
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Book title: Getting US into War.
Contributors: Porter Sargent - Author.
Publisher: P. Sargent.
Place of publication: Boston.
Publication year: 1941.
Page number: 137.
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