Why America Entered World War II
Many reasons, including that Nazi Germany was sinking American supply ships because the US was providing financial and military support to the Allied troops (England, France, China and Russia). Most importantly, Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, without a declaration of war or any warning that hostlities were being commenced, sinking most of the battle fleet. The day after the attack, December 7th, 1941, President Roosevelt went before the US Congress and asked for a formal declaration of War with Japan in retaliation. With the exception of Janet Rankin (Montana), the US Congress voted unamiously for War. President Roosevelt never asked for war with Italy or Germany before the Congress. Instead, three days after December 7th, Italy and Germany declared war on the United States. Here are more opinions:
The US stayed neutral in WWII until the US Naval Base @ Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese on December 07, 1941. The Japanese were then enemies of the United States. As mentioned, the Japanese attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, then the US bases in the Philippines. The US declared war on Japan, then a few days later Hitler declared war on the US, followed by a US declaration of war against Germany, and thus US was fully involved in the war. FDR wanted us in the war. he made very public statements, not 1, not 2, but three seperae attacks that Germans made on US vessels carrying civilians, no less. (I don't have their name on me because I'm at work, but The Idiot's Guide to WW2 does) Our isolationist populace wanted no part of the war in Europe. FDR did. We did pressure the Japanese with embargoes and made a bad economic situation with them much worse. We probably forced their hand. Then Pearl Harbor happened, and Hitler (in what is quoted as "the greatest military blunder in history") declared war on the US so that Japan would also attack the Russians on their eastern side (which they...
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