National Affairs: The Strategists

At the White House the President conferred daily with Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Subject: whether to kill completely or merely dismember the Neutrality Act.

Up on Capitol Hill the opposition conferred. Unnoted by the press, General Robert Elkington Wood, kingpin of America First, slipped into town. The bulky General moved boldly into the Capitol itself, into the private office of Montana's Isolationist Senator Burton K. Wheeler, in the Senate's Interstate Commerce Committee room.

Wood, accompanied by Sam Pettengill, former Indiana Congressman and a rabid Roosevelt-hater, took over Wheeler's office as headquarters for a...

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