THE UNITED STATES AND THE ROAD TO WAR IN EUROPE
CHARLES CALLAN TANSILL
We shun political commitments which might entangle us in foreign wars; we avoid connection with the political activities of the League of Nations; . . .
We are not isolationists except in so far as we seek to isolate ourselves completely from war. . . .
I have seen war. . . .I hate war.
I have passed unnumbered hours, I shall pass unnumbered hours, thinking and planning how war can be kept from this nation. . . .
I wish I could keep war from all nations, but that is beyond my power. I can at least make certain that no act of the United States helps to produce or promote war.
-- FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, speech at Chautauqua, New York, August 14, 1936.