posted on Jun, 19 2012 @ 10:32 PM
reply to post by FluffyCannibal
Just checked it. Nope.
Back during WW2, the President declaring war on Hitler would have caused him to be impeached (This is FDR, the man didn't want to leave office. 4
terms?) Some of those in control in Washington D.C. wanted to go in, but to jsut declare war would have caused civil unrest, for all that many
Americans wanted at Hitler, by that point.
So, without enough power, chomping a the bit, knowing that Hitler had an alliance with Japan, when they got news of the impending attack at Pearl
Harbor, they did not move the fleet. The attack gave us a "constitutional reason" to fight back against Japan, as we were attacked on our own
If Hitler did not declare war on us, at least we could keep Japan off of Russia's tail long enough for Russia and England to only have to worry about
what Germany and Italy did. But part of allying yourself with another nation is that often you fight their wars, and that's what was being banked
on, when the fleet was blown up. It was a gamble, maneuvering the US into a "legitimate" fight with Hitler.
We don't' even bother with this pretext, now.