Franklin Delano Roosevelt was determined to protect the national security of the United States. At first, Roosevelt felt that it was in the best interest of the United States to avoid involvement in the war. However, he knew "sooner or later, the threat to the European balance of power would have forced the United States to intervene in order to stop Germany's drive for world domination" (Kissinger 369-370). But this was not Roosevelt's main problem; Roosevelt had to prove to the American people that unlike World War I, US involvement was necessary. He had to "[transform] the nation's concept of national interest and [lead] a staunchly isolationist people' into yet another global war" (handout).
Initially, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's main goal was to protect US National Security by not intervening in the war. Roosevelt and the rest of United States government did not want to make the same mistakes of WWI. Thus, all of the situations that caused the United States to enter WWI were taken into consideration when the Neutrality Acts were passed. Prior to the outbreak of the war Franklin Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Acts, which "prohibited loans and any other financial assistance to belligerents (whatever the cause of war) and imposed an arms embargo on all parties (regardless of who the victim was). Purchases of nonmilitary goods for cash were allowed only if they were transported in non-American ships" (Kissinger 378). In fact, Roosevelt felt that he should instead focus his time and energy at the depression.
On the other hand, Franklin Roosevelt was always pro-democracy and had a history of rejecting these aggressive countries (mostly the dictatorships). As the war developed and the desperation of the Allies increased, Roosevelt realized the need to support the allies (the non-aggressive democracies that he was ideally tied to) or face a group of unreceptive countries in the postwar world. However,... [continues]
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