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Article "A German View of American Entrance into the War"

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A German View of American Entrance into the War Writing in "Die Hife" of February 24, 1916, Herr Naumann, who has shed so much light on German opinion and moral during the war, said: Our desire that the United States should maintain neutrality, and make it even stricter than hitherto, is perfectly intelligible by reason of our military situation alone. We have already quite enough enemies and regard it as a great mistake when people occasionally behave as if an increase in their number could not make much difference. It is a fallacy to say that the Americans could do us no more harm in the future than they have done us already, for this statement entirely disregards the fact that from the day of a declaration of war the following developments must occur:-- (1) The United States Navy, which in 1913 comprised 33 battleships, 10 armored cruisers, and 24 cruisers, and is now already somewhat stronger, is placed immediately at the side of the English Navy--in so far as it may not be to some extent kept back by anxiety about Japan. This last possibility is very uncertain and is easily regarded by us as too sure. So the possibility of a complete blockade increases. (2) The North American Army means in time of peace only about 90,000 men and 5,000 officers; but one must assume that in the event of a declaration of war a recruiting system will be set up in the United States