Letters, Oct. 10, 1938

Defense Program

Sirs: The melancholy happenings of the last week give point to the old saying, "self-preservation is the first law of nature." Since our statesmen may be as confused as those of other democratic powers may I appeal to you to bring the following seven-point defense program to their attention:

1) Immediate expansion of appropriations for defense needs to $3,000,000,000 per annum.

2) Construction of a navy powerful enough to defend both coasts at once against attack by any coalition of powers.

3) Construction of an air force superior to that of any...

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