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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

which will be capable of the same expansion as the English system. The so-called organized militia would provide a foundation. As all belligerent States are already working with newly-recruited troops of young and old classes, the American Army might in the course of six months reach a very considerable size. (3) The ships of the German mercantile marine which are now lying in North American ports would at once be completely lost to us. (4) The great and daily-growing capital strength of the American means an incalculable prolongation of the war, as soon as it is thrown into the struggle by the raising of State war loans. The United States already have a perfectly brilliant Budget. American can support almost as long as she pleases those with whom she fights, and become their creditor State for all time. (5) All exports of the United States to Central Europe by direct and indirect routes would cease. (6) The pressure of our enemies on all the smaller neutrals would be simply irresistible. As we Germans have learnt in war to assume even superhuman tasks is necessary, we keep our heads high even in the worst case, and look to the example of Frederick the Great in the Seven Years' War. But we do not hide from ourselves the endless sacrifices which would be demanded from us all in a world-war prolonged by North America. Yet we know that our wishes are not decisive for the American Government. If the United States remain neutral, they do so because of their own American calculations.