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#1 By contrast, FDR joined the Second World War only when Hitler in possibly the most unhinged decision of his calamitous life declared war on the United States.
It wasn't FDR reluctance to go to war with Hitler that delayed it, but Congress'. FDR was dragging America into the conflict by any means necessary short of pulling an Obama [cause people back then still believed in the words of the Constitution]. Even in the debris of Pearl Harbor, the White House was still trying to focus on Europe and were delivered from their Gordon Knot by Hitler's action. That declaration was probably promoted by the various 'short of war' acts that had already been implemented; the Lend Lease Act of March '41, basically put America's industrial capacity and military resources* into the fight and the expansion of merchant escort operations into the North Atlantic and occupation of Iceland in July with Task Force 19. The Arcadia Conference held shortly after Pearl Harbor place the grand strategy as Germany First even though the real military blow had come from Japan. FDR wasn't the one who 'showed up late'.
* we'll never know if material diverted and denied the forces in the American territory of the Philippines in the months leading up to December would have resulted in a different outcome for those forces subsequently lost there.
Posted by Procopius2k 2011-07-04 21:06||