“A strong America is the highest contribution to world stability.”—Herbert Hoover
The highest authorities in the United States government have made the declaration repeatedly that this nation has no aggressive designs upon any other country; that the sole purpose of our national defense establishments is protection against possible aggression.
These same authorities have also frequently stated that the United States stands for the principle of reduction and limitation of armaments, by international agreement, to the lowest possible level consistent with actual national defense needs.
Yet the United States continues to build up its military and naval systems at a rate unprecedented in peace times. The total preparedness budget for the last year of Herbert Hoover’s administration was $540,000,000. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1939, the armament budget for the United States is more than double what it was 5 years before.