The President's naval enthusiasm and "Neutral Belt" was recently celebrated at a great dinner in Washington. The menu was headed: "National Press
Club Navel Expansion Program". "The menu cards expounded a ' National
Press Club navel expansion program', including 'neutrality eggs in sixteen-inch
shells, hors (du combat) a la dictator, kedgeree of destroyers in drydock with
high gravity and cracked sternposts, and hemisphere on ice with raspberry sauce
an essence of good neighbor'" (AP, Dec. 7, 1939). Aldous Huxley on arriving
in Los Angeles last February was surprised to hear men say that the transients
had "come to pick our navels" ( Harper's, Nov. 1939).
To dampen enthusiasm for this War for 'Religion and Morality' read: " What Will Happen and What To Do When War Comes", edited by
Larry A. Nixon
( Greystone Press, New York, 1939)--it'll make you shudder; " Keep
America Out of War", by
Norman Thomas and
Bertram D. Wolfe ( Frederick
A. Stokes, 1939)--it tells you how.
Bulletin #23 was made up of items of correction and addenda which have
been incorporated in preceding notes. It explained how the propagandists, to
stimulate emotions, rely on crooked thinking. They conceal failures on their
side and enlarge on the dire straits of opponents. It is the function of these
Bulletins to bring out what has been hidden so as to enable the reader to
straighten out what has been distorted. A financial writer in the Boston Transcript
remarks, "You never know what's going on behind the news".
No statement put forth as ours in these Bulletins has been denied. A few
have written that our facts were wrong, without specifying which. Unfamiliar
or previously unrecognized facts are usually regarded as wrong. Specific criticism
is invited, lest we become careless, as recent errors due to haste give evidence.
BLOOD, OIL, AND DOLLARS
"We will fight to the last drop of blood",--and to the last dollar.
Whose blood? Whose dollar? French? American? But some blood
must be bought. And that takes dollars. Lloyd has been buying Rumania. Francois-Poncet has been dickering with Italy, the cash consideration not revealed. ( Time, Jan. 1).
Three-quarters of a million was the price to the Turks, as it was
originally reported. From Moscow, whence always first comes such
news, we learn by radio, Dec. 14 (UP), of a secret clause in the Turkish
treaty which provides for an army of 500,000 Turks, 400,000 French,
80,000 British, to invade Russia.
An Allied Expeditionary Force of over 200,000 has been quietly
assembled in the Near East basing on Syria under General Weygand.
These are hardened colonial units drawn from French and English
garrisons of Northern Africa and India (without consent).(1) It will