Our President moves in most mysterious ways his wonders to perform. He plants his bases far at sea,--and rides upon the storm,--of hysterics that he has stirred up toward a third term. September 18, 1940
"This administration is already under suspicion", declared Gen. Johnson, August 23, 1940. Mr. Willkie, early in October, asked the President "Are there any international understandings about America's entrance into the war that we, the citizens of the United States, do not know about?"
Just before election in his Philadelphia speech, Mr. Roosevelt assured us,-- "There is no secret treaty, no secret obligation, no secret commitment, no secret understanding in any shape or form, direct or indirect, with any other government, or any other nation in any part of the world, to involve this nation in any war or for any other purpose."
There has been "a whole series of secret deals, of surprise announcements, of undiscussed commitments and of unratified international agreements", said Anti-War News Service, Nov. 1, 1940, pointing out that the President had kept secret the Canadian agreement for joint military and naval defense, the destroyer deal, the transfer to Great Britain in June, 1940, of 15 or 17 shiploads of tanks, planes, guns which we learned of months later from Churchill. These things "may not have been secret to the British--but they certainly were to the American people".
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Publication information: Book title: Getting US into War. Contributors: Porter Sargent - Author. Publisher: P. Sargent. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1941. Page number: 455.