However, none of that is relevant, because as the first article shows, US public opinion had swung towards engagement long before the events of December 41.
I find it interesting that today’s liberals take credit for winning WWII because it saved Communism in the Soviet Union. Prior to Hitler invading the Soviet Union they were quite content with Stalin and Hitler dividing Europe between them.
The Hitler-Stalin Pact
American Communists went berserk, demanding a second front after Hitler’s tore up the non-aggression pact.
After Hitler made the mistake of declaring war on the U.S. a few days after Pearl Harbor every Communist effort in this country —— political pressure, media and Hollywood propaganda, etc. —— were focused on bullying FDR into establishing a second front.
In November, 1943, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt met together in Teheran, Iran, to discuss military strategy and post-war Europe. Ever since the Soviet Union had entered the war, Stalin had been demanding that the Allies open-up a second front in Europe. Churchill and Roosevelt argued that any attempt to land troops in Western Europe would result in heavy casualties. Until the Soviet's victory at Stalingrad in January, 1943, Stalin had feared that without a second front, Germany would defeat them.
Had Hitler never double-crossed Stalin the Soviet Union would have remained neutral for the duration. As far as Stalin was concerned in 1939 Hitler could have the rest of Europe so long as he stayed out of those countries the Soviets coveted. Stalin knew he could not defeat Germany anyway; so he thought he got a good deal in the Soviet-Nazi Non-Aggression Pact. Stalin was correct in 1939. Had the war been fought between Germany and the Soviet Union alone Germany would have won hands down.
American Communists/Socialists only began screaming for a second front after“Operation Barbarossa.” Prior to Hitler’s double-cross American Communists wanted no part of the war in Europe. They changed their minds fasted than greased lightning after Hitler invaded their beloved Soviet Union.
Had Hitler not stuck it to Old Joe every American Socialist/Communist would have been conscientious objectors throughout WWII. Many of those Communist supporters came out of the woodwork to demonstrate for Communism during the Vietnam War.
To deGanis: There has never been a debate. Responding to your Socialist/Communist view of events gave me an opportunity to post a few facts so younger Americans can make up their minds as to which of us got it right.