Roosevelt, Churchill, and the World War II Opposition by George T. Before and soon after FDR won his third term, Eggleston, Doug Stewart, Colonel Lindbergh, Mr. Henry Ford, General Robert A. Wood and many other prominent people formed a national organization known as, America First Committee, to buck the White House drive to war. A lot of pressure will be brought to push us into the war but I am confident that we can keep out Chapter XII With almost a year before Pearl Harbor, the most unusual character ever to represent a President of the United States turned up at No.10 Downing Street. In a Secret memo titled Invasion Churchill prepared for the Commander in Chief Home forces, dated July 10, 1940, he said there is no evidence that the enemy had ever seriously contemplated invasion. On the other side of an ocean FDR was telling the American people that Hitler was on his way over here when they couldnt even cross a channel. Senators Taft, Vandenberg, Wheeler and Byrd ably led the fight to defeat the bill, it was passed on the assurance from FDR, it was the only way to keep America out of the war. With the new White House propaganda drive to sell Russia to the American people, it is refreshing to hear former President Hoover express himself on the subject: It has been understood that Stalins militant Communist conspiracy is a plot against the whole democratic world. Yet the President has announced that the United States will ship airplanes, tanks, guns, now we find out 17 hydro-electric plants which cost the American tax payers $400,000,000 plants that were not assembled until after the war to Stalin to spread the four freedoms throughout the world. The investigation would give the America First Committee the opportunity to show for the record that they had neither sought nor received financial help from any foreign source and it would serve to smoke out the mystery of where the millions of dollars came from that supported such publications as the Communists New Masses and the Daily Worker, along with the dozens of other Communist-front organizations endorsing every twist and turn of Moscows foreign policy. Senators Nye, Clark and Wheeler had told Eggleston that the grand jury was a witch hunt set up on direct orders of FDR, the idea being to try to harass us out of business. Such as, how many names were on the American First List The prosecutor, William Power Maloney was one of the group of young New Dealers and FDR worshipers who flocked into Washington in the late 1930s. While Eggleston was in the hearing room word had leaked to senator Wheeler that FDR had prepared an ultimatum to be handed to the Japanese ambassador demanding the withdrawal of all Japanese military forces from Indo-China and mainland China. What none of them knew at the time was that U.S. Naval Intelligence had broken the Japanese code, all communications between Tokyo and Hawaii were decoded as received and put on the Presidents desk. The previous day Secretary of War Stimson, following a conference with FDR, wrote in his diary: The question was how we should maneuver the Japanese into firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. A war-thirsty group sprang up in New York, calling itself Fight For Freedom Committee. This 500-page book described the activities of a British Chief of Intelligence who operated in New York for almost two years prior to Pearl Harbor, and proudly took credit for having created and directed the Fight For Freedom Committee, taking care to conceal the British Connection, supplying them with money and false information. He was to have a free hand setting up the top-secret New York operation and was to have access to Roosevelt at all times. Later he wrote in his book, The Second World War, he wrote how in March 1936, he had risen before a House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and spelled out his fight Germany policy in detail: For four hundred years the foreign policy of England has been to oppose the strongest, most aggressive, most dominating power on the Continent. The General said that there was no doubt in his mind that Roosevelt was as eager for an invasion as Churchill but for sentimental reasons rather than practical ones. If it was found to be too difficult to provoke a state of war directly with Germany, there was still a way to get America into the conflict by provoking Japan. American later froze all of Japanese assets in the U.S. You will also learn about Joe Lash who occupied a unique position in Mrs. Roosevelts life during his stay in the White House, he was also a Communist. We did not know at the time, nor did the commanders in the Philippines or Hawaii, that a secret agreement had long since been signed and sealed between Roosevelt and Churchill declaring that when war come with Japan, the Pacific would be at the bottom of the priorities list, while aid to Russia stood at the top of the list. When the news of Pearl Harbor reached us we immediately sent a wire to the Associated Press: WE ARE IN IT-LETS WIN IT-Payson, Stewart, Eggleston for Scribners Commentator. Churchill was concerned that the impact of the U.S. disasters in Hawaii and the Philippines might focus American opinion on action in the Pacific rather than Europe. The President said that he was anxious that American land forces should get their support as quickly as possible whenever they could be most helpful and favored the idea of a plan to move into North Africa. The Washington Times-Harold leaked a story from the archives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Roosevelt had plans to call up an American expeditionary force of five million men for a land offensive against Germany to relieve the pressure on Russia. The American people were allowed to know only the barest details of the Pearl Harbor disaster---3,000 U.S. dead, several warships and planes destroyed, enough details for a proper background to amplify FDRs Day of Infamy speech. In mid-March General MacArthur received orders from Washington to leave his command and set up a new headquarters in Australia. The book was written by one John Roy Carlson and published by E.P Dutton Company, New York, on the jacket in bold type was the statement: the amazing revelation of how Axis agents and our enemies within are now plotting to destroy the United States.