Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

What worries me, especially, is that public opinion over here is patting itself on the back every morning and thanking God for the Atlantic Ocean (and the Pacific Ocean). We greatly underestimate the serious implications to our own future.... Things move with such terrific speed these days, that it is really essential to us to think in broader terms and, in effect, to warn the American people that they, too, should think of possible ultimate results in Europe and the Far East.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Dec. 14, 1939, to William Allen White. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 293, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

FDR wished White to take the lead in warning the public that the war in Europe and Asia was indeed some of their business, as the result would effect Americans in both their security and economic well-being. White was one of the founders of the organization promoting aid to the Allies as a means of defending America without actively entering the war.
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