President Roosevelt got his incident last week—the incident he has been expecting ever since he stretched the Hemisphere patrol to Iceland. This week he got the incident he has been waiting for since he stretched the shipment of U.S. war materials to the Red Sea.

The public took the Greer incident (see col. 3) fatalistically. Something like this had long been expected, and it might have passed as a one-day sensation, as easily forgotten as the sinking of the Robin Moor. Said Isolationist Senator Bob Reynolds: "It was a very simple incident....

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