DEFENSE: Nine-Point Program

"The real stake in this war is the command of the maritime communications of the Atlantic Ocean." Last week Major George Fielding Eliot, military expert, so reasoned from the British action in seizing part of the French Fleet. The sudden U. S. agitation about the Monroe Doctrine and a realization that command of the Atlantic was vital to U. S. security confirmed this view. Alone, said Major Eliot, the U. S. Fleet cannot control the Atlantic, must therefore prolong British resistance and if possible keep the British Fleet in being. On these tenets...

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