The German army quickly routed France, and Britain remained the only hope for a democratic victory. The Japanese continued their attack on China but watched as their resources shrank, and they placed ever-increasing reliance on shipments from an ever more tight fisted America. Americans, however, watched both conflicts with considerable detachment because of the vast oceans that separated them from the aggressors. Roosevelt, with his experience as Assistant Secretary of War during WWI, understood the importance of what was going on across the seas. He had, however, also watched Woodrow Wilson before him try and fail to push foreign policy objectives without the support of the people. Roosevelt thus felt he could only wait, as even aid to Britain was greeted with distrust from an isolationist American populace. Roosevelt could only bide his time or risk losing his power in office.
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American populace. Roosevelt, tight fisted America.