What attitudes did Americans have towards entering WWII in its early years?
- Anonymous1 year agoFavorite Answer
Corporate USA and Wall st caused WW2 the USA funded Hitler
Hitler was funded By the Rockefeller's in the Belief Hitler would Go to war with the Communists he took the Money and Honored the Agreement
the USA never did anything to stop him whilst the UK was Trying Appeasement
Hitler took all this as approval and of he went
America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Göring's cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of everything and such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?
For the government did sanction dubious transactions—both before and after Pearl Harbor. A presidential edict, issued six days after December 7, 1941, actually set up the legislation whereby licensing arrangements for trading with the enemy could officially be granted.
Often during the years after Pearl Harbor, the government permitted such trading. For example, ITT was allowed to continue its relations with the Axis and Japan until 1945, even though that conglomerate was regarded as an official instrument of United States Intelligence.
No attempt was made to prevent Ford from retaining its interests for the Germans in Occupied France, nor were the Chase Bank or the Morgan Bank expressly forbidden to keep open their branches in Occupied Paris. It is indicated that the Reichsbank and Nazi Ministry of Economics made promises to certain U.S. corporate leaders that their properties would not be injured after the Führer was victorious.
Thus, the bosses of the multinationals as we know them today had a six-spot on every side of the dice cube. Whichever side won the war, the powers that really ran nations would not be adversely affected.
And it is important to consider the size of American investments in Nazi Germany at the time of Pearl Harbor. These amounted to an estimated total of $475 million. Standard Oil of New Jersey had $120 million invested there; General Motors had $35 million; ITT had $30 million, and Ford had $17.5 million. Though it would have been more patriotic to have allowed Nazi Germany to confiscate these companies for the duration—to nationalize them or to absorb them into Hermann Göring's industrial empire—it was clearly more practical to ensure them protection from seizure by allowing them to remain in special holding companies, the money accumulating until war's end. It is interesting that whereas there is no evidence of any serious attempt by Roosevelt to impeach the guilty in the United States, so trading with the Nazis went on until may 1945
reason FDR was afraid of Upsetting Corporate USA whose Cooperation was desperately needed to win the War in the Pacific
- curtisports2Lv 71 year ago
Americans mostly didn't want to get involved in another European war. After the Pearl Harbor attack, that all changed. My father and uncle (his brother) enlisted the same day in early 1942, into the Army Air Corps and US Army, respectively. Millions of others joined them.
- nonpartisanLv 61 year ago
Roosevelt ran his reelection campaign on the promise that he would keep America out of the war in Europe. Unfortunately, he was lying through his teeth.
He had been stirring conflicts between Poland and Germany since at least 1938 in an effort to start a war that he could get the United States involved in. His New Deal programs to recover from the Great Depression were failures and he needed something to jumpstart the economy before the voters realized how much of a failure he was.
In trying to subtly gain their support to go to war in Europe (after assuring them that he wouldn't) he painted dismal pictures of how easy it would be for Germany to attack America and that America should be prepared. These were lies, of course, because Hitler never had a desire to do so.
However, although it did stimulate America's workforce, the military weapons and vehicles that were produced were sold to the European Allies against the laws of the Neutrality Acts. The way he got around the legalities of his actions was he had Congress amend the acts to allow him to do what he did - to make his actions appear to be "legal". But whether the amended Neutrality Acts were legal or not, his actions went against the intent and the spirit of the Acts, making his Presidency a corrupt administration and his actions an abuse of power.
He wasn't able to get the public and Congressional support he needed, so he brought the war directly to America's back door by provoking the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor by promising to sell them much-needed oil and then reneging on the deal at the last minute.
Once Japan attacked, Roosevelt got the support he wanted and didn't have to appear as a liar - he had the Japanese to blame it on. Hitler didn't declare war on the United States until after Roosevelt suckered Japan into attacking. Up until this point, even though Hitler knew Roosevelt was responsible for starting the war, as long as the United States believed Roosevelt's lies to stay out of it, he was able to take care of the immediate business at hand - defending against the European Allies.
This is why Hitler never wanted to attack the United States - it would have meant spreading his forces too thin. But Roosevelt lied and said he did want to attack.
Even today, most Americans don't understand what happened. Because the Allies won the war, Roosevelt's treason has been buried and kept out of the history books, hailing him as a hero instead.
- COMPTONLv 71 year ago
not a good one
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- Anonymous1 year ago
There were German Bund Groups in New York and Yaphank, Long Island and at Montauk right up until 1941 marching wearing swastika armbands just like Trump's Charlottesville Bund whom Roosevelt had to suppress at the beginning of the War. It wasn't really the smooth sailing depicted in the propaganda movies of the time. For all the sympathy I have for Jewish babies tortured by the Nazis and little children murdered in the Holocaust, I won't lie about it. Ford and Senator Joe Kennedy, the US ambassador to England, both also wanted to enter the War on Hitler's side. IBM actually selected all the victims of the Holocaust in advance, except for the babies not yet born. The Propaganda cleanup hiding all of THIS horrible stuff is why we're facing it all over again now. You cannot SUCCESSFULLY hide the Truth. Time we all dealt with it all.
- Joseph BLv 51 year ago
Many were isolationists, believing that our involvement in the First World War was a mistake, and that we should stay out of European conflicts, and let Europe decide them. A good example is the "American First" Committee.
- FN - 2187Lv 61 year ago
Many people were actually reluctant to go to war because of the devastation of WWI. Like WWI sucked really really really hard. But after Pearl Harbor? Every American wanted revenge
- Anonymous1 year ago
We tried to stay out of EUROPE'S war .........................