Franklin Roosevelt’s Foreign Policy and the Welles Mission by J. Rofe

By J. Rofe

A brand new and unique research of the challenge undertaken through FDR's Secretary of kingdom throughout the Phoney struggle, Rofe's paintings explains the motivations and targets of Roosevelt via an research of the president's overseas coverage and of the character of the Anglo-American courting of the time.

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21 With the prospect of the upcoming Special Session of Congress, Roosevelt knew he would need Hull’s political kudos to deal with those on Capitol Hill. Hull’s view on foreign policy was vital as was the relationship between himself, Roosevelt, and Welles through which American foreign policy was made. Hull’s concerns over the conference plan, which would reappear in his objections to the Welles mission over two years later, were essentially threefold: the views of the American people (with possible political repercussions in Washington), the sense of false security given to the democracies by American moves, and the possible antagonizing of the Axis powers by such moves.

While in charge of the department Welles composed a series of appeals to be addressed to Europe’s leaders. The first was sent to the Italian monarch Victor Emmanuel III on 24 August, followed by appeals to Hitler and the Polish President Ignacy Mosicki the day after. The text of the appeals called for 34 Franklin Roosevelt’s Foreign Policy restraint, but their impact was utterly negligible as Europe hurtled toward war. This was anticipated by the Administration. The aim of the appeals, like those sent in April, was to illustrate to the American people that the Nazi regime was unreasonable and posed a threat to democratic values.

Chamberlain did not acquiesce, and Eden wrote again the next day: The decision we have to take seems to me to depend upon the significance which we attach to Anglo-American co-operation. 52 This attitude would not have been out of place within the Roosevelt Administration itself: the proposal was worth considering even if it was not likely to succeed. 53 Although he returned to Chamberlain’s government as Dominions Secretary at the outbreak of war, had Eden remained as Foreign Secretary then British policy toward Washington might have been more agreeable in the months preceding the conflict.

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