North Dakota's isolationist Senator Lynn Joseph Frazier last week intimated that Franklin Roosevelt was playing politics with World War II. Most other Republicans refrained from such crass accusations. Yet one thing was certain: the President was engaged in an extraordinary political operation.

Woodrow Wilson in 1914-17 drifted with the U. S. people until he and they swirled into World War I. When at last he had to act he had the people behind him. In the world of 1939 where Dictators strike fast and hard, a democracy which takes three years to make...

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