The first week we were in the war. I had been studying a map of European waters, had measured the distanced across the English Channel, across the North Sea from Scotland to Norway and across the Strait of Otranto at the mouth of the Adriatic. I had examined the depths of the waters in those places, and had come to the conclusion that some kind of barrier, if it could be worked out on the technical side, offered the proper strategical solution of keeping German submarines out of the Atlantic and out of the Mediterranean.
Guns may be loaned provided a suitable bond be given. … I would suggest that we can properly loan these guns with their mounts and ammunition. … I believe it points a way out of the difficulty of asking the authority of Congress.