National Affairs: Half a Halter

Being told what he must do is constitutionally distasteful to Franklin Roosevelt. Being told what he must do in case war breaks out in the world, he considers—and Secretary of State Hull agrees with him—to be a handicap to statesmanship. In seeking revision of the Neutrality law which Congress fastened upon him two years ago, Mr. Roosevelt this year sought primarily to remove his obligation to declare an embargo on "implements of war" for belligerents. The revised Neutrality act offered in the House last month by New York's prognathous Sol Bloom was drawn with this in view, and all seemed set...

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