Washington 15th March 1938
Pres. Roosevelt: So the USSR started another agression war?
Sec Hull: Sure, this time they attacked Estonia and Latvia.
Pres. Roosevelt: Hmmmm...this is not unexpected, it seems they are attempted to restore the old borders of Russian Empire. Maybe there is a chance for an agreement with them. Our friends in Europe wonīt stand a chance against the combined Soviet and German forces.
Sec. Hull: Stalin isnīt interested in any diplomatic contact with us, our embassador has tried to get an audience with him, but he got no answer...
Pres. Roosevelt: So this unholly alliance is serious...
Sec. Hull: We have no choice but to support France and Great Britain. Unfortunately, our Congress has just voted for a weapons embargo on both sides....
Pres. Roosevelt: And the we are neutral in a war between democracy and totalitarianism, well, we must spend more ppīs. Any answer from French Embassy in Washington?
Sec. Hull: Yes, we will have a meeting with the ambassador tomorrow, the French are in a quite depressed mood, they said their chances to win are minimal.
Pres. Roosevelt: If our politicians insist on this stupidity of neutrality, the French are right.
Sec. Hull, btw, we have bad news from China.
Pres. Roosevelt: I read in the newspapers that the Japanese Navy bombarded Hangchow causing massive damage. The fact the Japanese are spending their scarce fuel reserves by bringing the big guns to a land battle is a sign of their despair. If we could at least send some torpedo bombers to China
Sec. Hull, well, despaired or not they achieved their objective, Hangchow was abandoned. The Chinese garrison attempted a desperate counterattack to break the siege. The atack was sucessful, but losses were heavy for both sides. Anyway, we expect 2 or three divisions will be able to survive. The Chinese Army is in the mid of a massive reorganizational effort, and they will be able to put a serious challenge for Japan if they are given enough time (and some heavy equipment)
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