What Was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt?

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“A day that will live in infamy.” This is what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said on December 7, 1941. It was a calm Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor on the Island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. While most American soldiers asleep in their bunks, two U.S. soldiers saw an oscilloscope signal on their radars. As they told their commanding officer like they were supposed to, he told them to ignore it because the base was expecting friendly B-17’s to be coming from the mainland. Thirty minutes after their commanding officer told them to ignore it, the first bomb fell and started the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese caught the country by surprise, as American’s always took Sundays off so they could go to church and work on their ships and other…show more content…
This policy also somewhat forced other countries to side with the United States because it was threatening to them that if they were to side with an Axis country that country would no longer be given aid packages from the United States. Roosevelt also made a second policy called the “moral embargo” in July of 1938. This policy banned neutral countries from exporting to other countries so that they could not get extra benefits. A lot of these policies, as you can see, made the United States look like the good guys because they were protecting other countries that the Axis were attacking. By developing these policies, the United States stifled the economic growth to in other countries that were trying to support themselves. The policies were used as a “weapon” that President Roosevelt was using in order to “attack” the Axis powers without having to declare war on them. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had cracked the Japanese diplomatic code and knew that the Empire of Japan was going to attack somewhere in the Pacific but they did not exactly know where. A warning that they were going to attack Pearl Harbor was sent from Washington, but had arrived too late to tell them. The attack on Pearl Harbor was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the United States Pacific Fleet from interrupting actions that the military force from the Empire of Japan were planning on doing in Southeast Asia against overseas territories. The
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