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A simple question for Opana Point and Takeo

Discussion in 'Prelude to War & Poland 1939' started by Dracula, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    The US was isolationist until the Fall of France, and then public opinion swung toward "we have to do something about those people."

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    I think it's been mentioned in previous discussion here that American isolationism of the time wasn't what many people today may invision either.
     
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    I'm not so sure of that. As Opana has mentioned he probably could have gotten a declaration of war against Germany prior to PH. However his military advisors were asking for another 6 months to a year and he IMO didn't want the vote to be close as entering the war divided could have presented some serious issues down stream.
     
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    Jeannette Rankin's reason for not voting for the Declaration against Japan was "no declaration of war should be unanimous". I don't recall her explaining what she meant by that at the time.
     
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    As I understand it, since she as a woman could not go to war, she was reluctant to send anyone. She had also voted against war in WWI, although she was not the only one on that occasion.
     
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    That is correct.

    She explained it thusly
    It made her very very unpopular, resulting in many threats against her life which resulted in her needing a police escort and costing her reelection.
     
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    Her second vote revealed something of the pressure she was under.
     
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    Doubt it...like her or not, she voted as she believed, as such, I don't think she felt any pressure to vote against war with Japan...That came after the vote.
     
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    I never said I doubted her or disliked her. And yeah, of course people would be pressing her to vote for the dec-o-war before the vote happened, the assumption was that it would unanimous.
     

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