WASHINGTON, NOV. 9, 1939 — The State Department is expressing quiet satisfaction at its new freedom under the Neutrality Law to carry on what it considers to be a carefully balanced foreign policy. Secretary of State Cordell Hull . . . can enumerate such wartime actions as these: the embargo repeal with its opening up of American resources and industrial power to the Allies; the Roosevelt and inter-American measures of support for Finland in its plight; the ``safety belt'' which operates to help protect British supply ships until they are far enough out at sea to elude pursuers; also the holding open of certain North Atlantic sea lanes for American cargo ships, so they can relieve the burden on British shipping.
The Monitor is looking back at the events of World War II.