BALFOUR WANTS AMERICA TO PLEDGE TO "FIGHT TO END"
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, April 11, 1917, the United States, having declared war on Germany less than a week earlier, was asked by Arthur J. Balfour* of Great Britain to fight the war to the end.
America also was "urged" to agree on the methods of defense to be employed as well as the peace process at the end of the war. In return, the United States was to be "consulted and its cooperation asked in every plan which the...allies will make in...the future conduct of the war."
Mr. Balfour was expected to come to the United States as head of a British commission along with a French commission headed by Rene Vivan.
The issues to be discussed included...
-the flow of munitions and foodstuffs to Europe
-the extent of American participation in the war
-the role of the American navy in combating submarine warfare
-the distribution of the American loan to the Allies
-the transportation issue
-the policy toward neutral nations
-the fiscal program to insure stability
*Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) was born in East Lothian, Scotland & educated at Eton College & the University of Cambridge. AJB served as Prime Minister of the UK 1902-1905 & later as Foreign Secretary. He was declared the Earl of Balfour in 1922.
"'Fight To End' Pledge Asked From America, Balfour Will Visit...To Get Promise," by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 12, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/