National Geographic : 1917 May
OFFICERS AND WAR COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS Left to right, front row, Robert W. De Forest, vice-president; Woodrow Wilson, Presi dent of the Red Cross; former President William H. Taft, chairman of the executive com mittee; Eliot Wadsworth, acting chairman. In the back row are Henry P. Davison, chair man of the War Council; Grayson P. Murphy, Charles D. Norton, and Edward N. Hurley, all members of the War Council. Cornelius N. Bliss, Jr., the only other member of the council, was not present. After two and a half years of struggle that has tested the endurance nearly to the breaking point of the great nations engaged, Germany, in that confidence that she has in the science of warfare, has said: "We will starve England into sub mission and we will end the war," and in the accomplishment of that she forced, because she had to force, into the ranks of her enemies, at a time when this war is to be determined by money, by re sources, and by men, the nation that can furnish more money, more resources, more equipment, and more men than any nation in the world ! And now, my friends, do not let us minimize the task we have before us. We Americans are a good people-we admit it; but one of our weaknesses is an assumption, justified by a good many things that have saved us from egregious mistakes in the past, that God looks after children, drunken men, and the United States! We have got beyond that reliance-I do not know whether we have or not, but we are going to get beyond that reliance. Germany is not exhausted. She is, by reason of this system of fifty years stand ing, the greatest military nation that ever was organized, and she still has great fighting power; and she arrayed ourselves as her enemies because, with that devo tion to system, with that failure to under stand the influence of moral force in a people, she was contemptuous of what we, who had ignored military prepara tion, could do in this war.