quarter of the globe in one way or another. We are inextricably and inevitably tied into world affairs. We should not delude ourselves that like Perseus of mythology we can put on neutrality as a helmet and render ourselves invisible and immune to a world in conflict around us.
Two roads lay open before us--one leading back into the morass of international anarchy from which we had come and in which we now once again find ourselves floundering, while the other held out a hope that mankind might find a rational way to settle disputes without a resort to arms. It was one of those tragic moments in the history of the world in which hesitation is fatal, but a bold decision leads to success and determines the destiny of mankind for decades to come. In that great crisis, unfortunately, our country, whose wealth and power and prestige were then at the zenith and whose geographical position and disinterestedness made her the natural and indispensable leader in any plan for world cooperation, hesitated, debated interminably, and finally slipped involuntarily into the road that led back into anarchy. I say America slipped involuntarily, for it was never her deliberate choice. It came about as a result of our constitutional provision placing control in treaty matters in the hands of one-third of our senators. This provision enabled the die-hards and isolationists, the troglodytes of the twentieth century, to thwart the will of the majority and make America the lone wolf in international affairs.
This attitude of aloofness was most unfortunate, and has made America a stumbling block in the path of____________________