Paul Lakowski wrote: . . . when Hitler realized that America was the real enemy of Germany and only a world war would solve this and their was no point in putting this off any longer. From Hitler’s fevered mind this all added up to war , his way. That’s why many historians refer to WW-II as Hitler’s War.
it looks like the post above led to the reply below which is the point i wish to follow
Dave Bender wrote:Only as long as FDR remained president. He was anti-German and very sympathetic towards the Soviet Union.
Without a major European war there is a good chance FDR would be out of office during 1941. A more patient German Chancellor would have waited him out, then sought to improve German-American relations.
rather than thinking of fdr as either anti-german or sympathetic toward the ussr, one can think of him as having his own understanding of where american interests lay. if germany achieves autocracy and hegemony over europe, and japan achieves the same in china and the rest of asia, and the british imperial preference system continues, then i think the us, a trading nation, is in a hard place.
i think any german regime with such objectives is a threat to the us. after the nazi regime is established and over time they reveal their foreign policy and racial views, and their actions in support thereof, then they move way up the us enemies list. i think this is independent of who the president is.
as for the ussr, it's kind of hard to believe these 'godless commies' as they were thought, were ever going to have a warm place is american hearts. but they did have a large army in contact with the german army which, after the fall of
the french army, did give them a special virtue. and of course, fdr was a wilsonian and much favored the idea of collective security based upon the strength of the us, ussr, gb and china. but this one may or may not be independent of the president and party in power. but there was no publicly debated alternative at the time.