by Jonathan Goodwin
about the possibility of writing a book outlining the most significant
blunders of statesmen, Hoover replied
going to tell you what should be the first chapter
Roosevelt put America in to help Russia as Hitler invaded Russia
in June, 1941. We should have let those two bastards annihilate
the editors introduction to Freedom
Betrayed, Herbert Hoovers writings and recollections
of U.S. policy during the time when he left office until the early
1950s. The editor makes clear that Hoover was not an isolationist,
a label Hoover seemed anxious to avoid. The editor describes Hoover
as an anti-interventionist. It is an interesting distinction,
and one that strikes me as funny given how a certain Ron Paul today
is constantly badgered about this distinction important for
diplomats, but nonsensical to those who enjoy war.
He seems to
have come to this anti-interventionist views because of what he
saw as the baneful domestic lessons from the recent
Great War, where
victors suffer almost equally with the vanquished in economic
misery and spiritual degradation
.Those who would have
us again go to war to save democracy might give a little thought
to the likelihood that we would come out of any such struggle
a despotism ourselves.
I will admit
I am not the most well-read of the history of presidents in the
progressive era, but other than President Carter, I cannot imagine
any other president in that time saying such a thing with credibility.
seven weeks on a trip to Europe coinciding with Germanys annexation
of Austria. During this trip he met with British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain. Hoover told the prime minister that another
world war would probably destroy the British Empire. Additionally
Hoover believed that Germany had no significant designs in the west,
that if given a certain freedom, Germany would not cause
trouble in Western Europe.
civilization will be infinitely better off if the Germans fight
in the east instead of the west. It would be a disaster if the
western Democracies were dragged down by a war the end result
of which would be to save the cruel Russian despotism. According
to Hoover, Chamberlain agreed completely with his guests
America should stay out of this coming war.
should harden our resolves to keep out of other
peoples wars, and we should convince Europe that
this is our policy. We should have none of it. If
the world is to keep the peace, then we must keep peace with dictatorships
as well as with popular governments. The forms of government which
other people pass through in working out their destinies is not
our business. We can never herd the world into the paths of righteousness
with the dogs of war.
If only such
words were spoken and understood today.
believed that the best act in the service America could undertake
is to remain an example to the world by staying out of war. And
in the coming war, if it stayed out, America had nothing to fear
from the totalitarian regimes of Germany, Italy, and Japan, as America
had the protection of the two large oceans. Speaking of the fascist
confident that if the lamp of liberty can be kept alight [at home]
these ideologies will yet die of their own falsity. To think that
Germany, Italy, Russia, or Japan or all of them together
had the remotest idea of attacking the Western Hemisphere
was, in Hoovers words, sheer hysteria.
the primary blunder of Britain in the guarantee of Poland, jointly
offered with France.
cannot in any circumstance protect Poland from invasion by Hitler.
It is simply throwing the body of Western Civilization in front
of Hitlers steam-roller which is on its way to Russia.
thinks of the wisdom of the United States becoming involved again
in a foreign war, certain of Hoovers warnings proved out:
- The war
cost Britain its empire
- The war
handed half of Europe to the dark night of Soviet communism
- The war
cost further erosion of freedom in America
- If it was
not known at the time, it has been demonstrated since then that
the axis powers had little if any desire and even less ability
to mount a successful attack or invasion of the United States.
As far as Hoover
was concerned, the United States (and Britain) had no business entering
the war and not only gained nothing from it but lost much in life,
wealth, and liberty by doing so.
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