Foseti wonders what FDR’s foreign policy aims were:
As best I can determine, FDR went into the war with basically no war aims. After a while, he seems to have settled on two:
1) Totally destroying Germany and Japan (he was the first to public state the demand for unconditional surrender). I’ve read that he seems to have even considered breaking Germany back up into principalities.
2) Ending European colonialism as quickly as possible.
Both of these aims were, retrospectively, terrible.
The first served to make the Soviets the (by far) most dominant power in Europe and Asia. It left the US alone to provide any meaningful resistance in both theaters.
The second enticed the Soviets to further expand into the third world and has led to disastrous results which continue into modern times (Egypt, for example, is still struggling for stability and has rarely if ever been a better place to live following the end of colonialism — the list of course is much longer — think of all the subsequent bloodshed in the Middle East or India and Pakistan).
He certainly seems to have wanted war with Japan, commenter Red notes, citing the fact that Admiral James O. Richardson, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command in February 1941 for protesting their redeployment to Pearl Harbor, which he felt was vulnerable to a surprise attack.
I’ve posted far more about Imperial Japan than I realized:
- FDR’s Lessons from WWI
- A Surprise of Capability
- Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?
- Why did Japan surrender?
- Crimes of Conscience
- Why didn’t the US attack Japan through the North Pacific?
- American Caesar or Worst General Ever?
- The Ten Ships
- War Plan Orange
- Russia’s Other Great Victory
- Learning to Learn to Fight
- Kamikaze Math
- Robert E. Howard and the Pacific Fleet
- Happy Isoroku Yamamoto Appreciation Day