THE PRESIDENCY: THE PRESIDENCY The Last Step Taken

When President Roosevelt cracked down on the Japanese move into Indo-China by freezing credits, he moved far. The whole U.S. accepted his act as a step just short of war. But the U.S. reaction was quiet, solid agreement, in which even most isolationists joined. His second dramatic move, folding the Philippine defense forces into the U.S. Army (see p. 30), left no doubt of how much further he was ready to go. The two acts were more than a warning to the Japanese of war to come—they amounted to a declaration of...

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