The Fortnightly Review Volume 116

The Fortnightly Review Volume 116

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...of an action. These considerations, however, are matters for the expert, and I do not propose to do more than draw attention to them here. What we have a right to know, however, is the purpose of building supersuper-Dreadnoughts in competition with Japan, who is our ally, and America, who is our close friend. We know what such competitions mean; they expand in an ascending scale. The first programme may be sixteen, But there will be further programmes to follow, all in units costing some 8,000,000. The finances of Japan are her own concern, but it is necessary that Mr. Churchill should understand that if the British Empire can only exist, except " on sufferance," by putting down a stake of 8,000,000 every time America does the same, then it can only exist by the " sufferance " of America. It is merely a matter of arithmetic. It is indisputable that the United States. could still, with an effort, go on " seeing and raising" us long after we were at the end of our financial resources. But such a devastating war in the counting-houses would indeed be " a melancholy sequel to the glories of the Great War." At all costs we must go to Washington with a better message than this. Our minds must be made up that, disarmament or no disarmament, we are not going to break ourselves by playing a game of naval poker against America. Nor shall we lose anything by saying so; a little more sincerity, especially in admitting the obvious, would make diplomacy more rapid and more fruitful. We ought to make it clear that if America desires the expensive luxury of possessing the largest navy in the world, especially at a moment when the ships under construction are sure to be obsolete before they are needed, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 826g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843614
  • 9781236843616