Ultimatum to the Axis

T. R. B.
June 1941
New Republic;6/9/41, Vol. 104 Issue 23, p792
Focuses on U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's declaration of war on the Axis and his May 28, 1941 speech showing commitment to fight the Nazis. View that the Nazis can postpone the start of a shooting war with the United States as long as they keep out of the way of American patrol ships; Report that as the range of American patrol increases, the Germans will have no choice but to fight American naval forces; View that there is no alternative offered to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler; View that the President's speech was not definitive of war aims but sufficiently indicative for favorable contrast with Hitler's known objectives; Report that no lawyer, in or out of the government, can define with any degree of certainty the President's emergency powers although some of these powers have firm constitutional and statutory bases; View that the most disturbing statement in the President's address was his statement that machinery of defense must not be interrupted by disputes between capital and labor; Views of labor leaders on the President's speech.


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