I think the people over here are coming to realize what would happen if Germany and Italy won a European war. We would be out of the picture entirely.... If I were a German conqueror what would I do? Obviously I would have the British navy out of the way and the French army out of the way.... The first thing I would do is look around and say, "What outside territories do I want to take for myself?"... We are not quite ready to take on the United States but we can do it by indirection very nicely. We are going to dominate South America ... without violating the Monroe Doctrine. [FDR set forth a scenario of economic domination of Latin America by giving Argentina a choice of agreeing to German domination of its army by economic blackmail by virtue of the fact that Germany controlled all the agricultural markets in Europe on which Argentina depended for livelihood and the same for Brazil.] It is a perfectly open and shut thing and, if you have the complete, physical power to do it, you win.... [F]rom Hitler's point of view, it is rational. And, if any of us were in his place, with his methods, we would do it. I made myself a hump-back, dyed my skin in several places with great spots of yellow; so that, when I look'd in the glass, I was almost frighten'd at my own figure.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist. Press conference, June 23, 1939, in the White House. Camilla, in The Adventures of David Simple, bk. 3, ch. 2, 1744.
In 1938, the President began using his press conferences with various groups to illustrate that by economic penetration of Latin America Hitler could threaten American security without actually fomenting an invasion. What the President referred to was geopolitical realism wherein if Hitler won in Europe he would eventually be able to isolate the United States, surround it with military bases through such economic blackmail in Latin America, and the United States would be done for before it could do anything to stop it. Her response to sexual harassment and the threat of rape.