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American expectations were that Britain should take a firm stand against Japan. Halifax was aware of the difficult position Britain was in because of the consideration that had to be given to American opinion: It is cardinal to our general policy to promote in any way possible cooperation with the United States, or at least to do nothing that would make that co-operation more difficult, we have not really got much choice, and from this point of view ... it is better to face the situation now. A gradual surrender would alienate American opinion.
But Hull and Roosevelt argued that the way to keep the fighting away from the United States's own backyard, was to keep Britain and France on their feet; Roosevelt asked Congress not to hamper the delivery of planes to the Allies. Hider's invasion of Belgium on 10 May had aroused even the traditionally isolationist Middle West. At this stage public opinion appeared to be ahead of that of the administration on the matter of assisting the Allies. On 10 June, on the eve of Italy's entry into the war, in a speech at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Roosevelt extended 'to the opponents of force the material resources' of the United States.
He was anxious to help Britain fight a war by blockade, as he suggested in September 1938 and again in August 1939. But Roosevelt was hampered by domestic crises, Congress, and public opinion. He said that he could go only as far as the pubic would allow him. He tried to go further. Roosevelt's plans for aiding Britain were consistent from 1937 to 1939. Chamberlain always had United States opinion in mind. He 38 Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century secured Hitler's signature to the paper saying that the Munich agreement was a pledge that Britain and Germany would not fight, in the hope that if Hitler broke his word the Americans would realise what kind of a man he was.