How to preserve our neutrality peacefully during the next great war abroad, without submitting to serious economic or political injury, is among the greater questions which now concern earnest Americans. We are greatly perturbed by the growing evidence of coming conflict on a vast scale in both Asia and Europe. We fear the traditional menace of being drawn into a quarrel between foreign belligerents because of grave damage to our just rights and general interests, arising incidentally from their methods of warfare against each other.
As of old, a large and influential group of citizens now hopes to solve this dilemma by curtailing American potential fighting power. It would reduce our military and naval forces, tether the munition makers, shipbuilders, bankers, and others who might enjoy profits from our participation in war, and so alter neutrality rules as to remove the stigma of illegality from a variety of belligerent actions under which America at peace would nevertheless suffer grievously.