until recently edited by the Marquess of Lothian, our new ambassador, in an anonymous article states, "The U. S. Government cannot give a hard-and-fast guarantee that its fleet will protect Malaya and Australasia. Public opinion will not support guarantees. But . . . there is little doubt that part of the American fleet would move into Singapore in the event of a Far Eastern threat. . . . against the Dutch or British possessions in Malaya."
Lothian's skill in affecting "public opinion" may yet result in our fighting to protect British and Dutch tin and rubber monopolies and exploitation of cheap labor in Malaya. Bolivian tin and Brazilian rubber, without British interference, would supply our needs.(12)
The American fleet was sent to the Pacific, ostensibly to protect our Eastern trade, actually to intimidate Japan and prevent her joining the Axis, soon after Stalin's speech of March 11.
The Administration, through Secretary Hull, "prodded by a coterie of State Department advisers" ( N. Y. Times dispatch, June 14, 1939) insists ( Times dispatch, June 13) that our neutrality laws be so framed that we may without stint continue to support the British Empire.
Eventually we shall have Congressional investigations, after the damage is done. Why not demand such now to inform us what our foreign trade yields over what it has cost?--what it has cost us to support the British Empire, its trade and monopolies?(13) The figures are astounding. We should know the present commitments of our Administration to defend Dutch and British possessions in Malaya. Instruct your Congressman how far you wish to go in continuing our support of the British Empire.
June 15, 1939