February 1, 1931, The Escanaba Daily Press, page 1

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February 1, 1931, The Escanaba Daily Press, page 1 - HE SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID IT, SAYS CAPITOL...
HE SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID IT, SAYS CAPITOL OFFICIALDOM SUMS UP CASE AGAINST GEN. BUTLER nv I>AVII> LAWRENCE (Coprriirht 1931. hy the Ksrnnaba Preem Washington, Jan. 31.—"Even if he thought it. was true, he shouldn't have said it." This is the way official Washington summed up the case of Major-General Smedlev Butler of the I'nited States marine corps versus Premier Mussolini of Italy. Those who were surprised at the promptness with which the I'nited States government apologized to ttie Italian government for the speech of General Butler were reminded today that the American government would have expected exactly as quick an action expressing regrets if some high officer of the Italian army ir navy had made a reflection on (he character of President Hoover. \ Serious Blunder. While officers of the army and navy here are unhappy over the severity of the step taken hv the secretary of the navy in ordering a court martial for an officer who lias the distinguished record of General Butler, it was universally recognized that the gallant marine general had made a blunder In speaking at all about the head of a foreign government. In times of stress inci-1 dents of this kind have often led to serious international friction. It so happens that Signor Mils-; ‘■niini Is himself a matter of con- siderable controversy inside th©; United States and there are no doubt many groups of anil-Kast- i-ts who feel that General Butler «lidn't say enough ubout the 11 uI- ian dictator ano that ilu Anieri-j can government ought not to lie dealing at all with a government; of the Mussolini type. But the facts, nevertheless, are that the relations between the Italian government and the American government are quite cordial and that, while officially there is no1 more sympathy witli Fascism than there is with communism, the Italian government does honor its international obligations and and debts. This is the only test applied in recognizing a government nowadays, for the official attitude in Washington is to avoid passing judgment on the merits of an internal administration in any country. K«x>k Duce's Good Will. The United States Is at the moment very much interested in maintaining good will in its relations with Premier Mussolini. The whole problem of the reduc- (ton of armaments in Europe de- pends to a large extent on the Italian dictator. And European rehabilitation is correspondingly affected by the prospect of war in Europe. For the last several months the diplomacy of tlie United States has been directed toward smoothing out differences in Europe, and particularly in trying to perkuadt* Signor Mussolini to adopt a less bellicose at- titude toward other states in! Europe. Progress has been made in re -1 •ent weeks in ibis direction and it is felt that the radio speech by Premier Mussolini on New Year’s

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