The German army quickly routed France

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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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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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