Therefore, we payed a price of many lives for little to no gain. I have a different view, however, on World War II. Once the war had started, it should have been interventionist all the way, from an economic and a patriotic point of view. The desire to avoid "foreign entanglements" of all kinds had been an American foreign policy for more than a century. A very real "geographical isolation" permitted the United States to "fill up the empty lands of North America free from the threat of foreign conflict.” President Roosevelt wanted to avoid war, especially since it was contrary to American policy which most if not all Americans were in agreement with.
Since the early days of the war when Wilson asked the nation to be impartial in their thoughts about the war, he fought to maintain the United State’s neutrality. By sending his close friend, Colonel House and other envoys, Wilson diplomatically delayed war until the last possible moment. However, Wilson knew that war was inevitable. It was imperative for the United States to enter the war because it had become a threat to humanity and unless the United States intervened, Western civilization itself might be destroyed. (Garraty, pg.
At last America had to go to war and eventually bring an end to the rule of Nazi Germany. Hitler had convinced himself that America had declined in the 1930’s because of social crisis. This misconception also led Japan to confront the United States in 1941. Had the United States entered the war any earlier or later the consequences could have been much worse (If possible). Franklin Delano Roosevelt thought about the security of the republic and defended it very well.
It also permitted the president to warn Americans traveling on ships of belligerent nations that they should sail at their own risk. Following that, Roosevelt made another act serving as a clause that will not allow United States to loan any money to any country at war. Roosevelt told an audience at Chattanooga, New York, that he hated war and that if it came to the choice of profits over peace then he will choose peace. His exact words were "The nation will answer, must answer, we choose peace. The republicans felt differently.
American policy had temporarily shifted from isolationism to internationalism because of the war, however the United States senate was not ready for the responsibilities of a world peacekeeper. Due to a republican majority, senators Henry Cabot Lodge, Alfred Beveridge, and other isolationist senators helped to sway the rest of congress to deny the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles. These senators believed that by entangling themselves in an international organization they would create new alliances, which would commit them to go to war. Also, Lodge felt that the League of Nations would be able to control the United States military by limiting the number of armaments that a nation could have. Due to Article 10 and the limitations on armaments, which the senators objected, and the inability to compromise on the deadlock between the President’s beliefs and the Senators, led to the failure to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.
Wilson did eventually send troops in, one of the first actions Wilson asked Congress to do during the war, was to declare war on Germany. He stated about this “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Roosevelt even highly disagreed to Wilson’s foreign policy, saying it was a failure regarding the atrocities in Belgium and the violations of American rights. “Roosevelt privately/not so privately said that Wilson was an abject coward” (Lukacs, pg. 4). Roosevelt, in my opinion, would have gone full force in the very beginning, not hesitating for a second.
From 1939 to 1945, World War II was fought between the Axis Powers and the Allied Powers. The three main Axis Powers were Germany, Italy, and Japan; and the main Allied Powers were England, Russia, France, and The United States. In the beginning of the war, America did not want to be involved in another country’s war, especially after the drastic damage from the First World War. Congress even passed a series of neutrality acts to keep America out of the war. However, the United States broke out of neutrality and joined the Allied side because the U.S. was indirectly involved in the war, protecting itself from being invaded by Axis powers, and had the sense of American moral obligation to obtrude on European affairs.
Woodrow Wilson held pro-English sentiments that would affect his decisions when it came to war. Whether it was ignoring every international law broken by the British and yet condemning the Germans for breaking those same rules. Or allowing a blockade to continue when it broke several of those rules that the United States had promised to uphold. The United States of America may have claimed neutrality during World War 1, but it was short lived and wrong.
Indeed, many historians would agree that war was necessary, and the U.S. would have to win if it wanted to gain its true independence and be seen as a sovereign power. The Napoleonic wars in Europe made it impossible for Britain to give in to U.S., demands, since they felt the U.S., was in no position to threaten the British Empire with its control of the sea lanes. The issue for America was neutral rights that she felt as a neutral state she should be able to trade with any country including Britain and France. However, Napoleon saw things differently as he consolidated his control over most of Europe by capturing American ships which traded with the British under his Berlin decrees in order to starve the British of food and war materials. Consequently, in order to avoid any disruption in its trade, survivability, and to forestall any invasion; Britain was forced to issue a similar orders in council-which forbids trade with France unless such vessel stops at a British port and gets ... ... middle of paper ... ...each its true potential.
Spy scandals such as Algar Hiss case and the Rosenberger’s added to general paranoia created by Senator McCarthy, a Republican. Truman was determined not become a victim of McCarthyism and to appear decisive in the war against communism. This desire to appeal to the American public is one of the reasons why he was so willing to become involved in the Korean War. The war was the proof that he was willing to fight communism all the way. Another significant domestic pressure Truman was under was the need to justify the proposals of the National Security Council to the American public.... ... middle of paper ... ...aganda victory if it can be used.