Howland, Charles P.
October 1929
Foreign Affairs;Oct29, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p30
Academic Journal
This article discusses the conflict between Great Britain and the United States regarding their navies. The strategy of each country's navy would be to destroy the other's trade. The debate over the freedom of the seas is partly based on tradition, the tradition of 1812, that America and Britain are necessarily ranged on both sides, Britain as a likely belligerent in future war, America as an almost certain neutral. This tradition is ceasing to have validity since the U.S. became an imperial power. Any great war is reasonably certain to be universal and to extend to all parts of the globe; it almost surely would involve an interest which the U.S. would feel bound to defend. When the U.S. is belligerent, its action is based on no higher level in recognizing the rights of neutrals than Britain.


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