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Aug
23
comment What were the Japanese defenses for an allied invasion of Kyushu?
Often overlooked in discussion of the planned Japanese invasion is that the United States intended to drop atomic bombs (I believe 3 were considered) just before the invasion forces started their landing operations (see the Wikipedia article on Operation Downfall). This could easily have ended the war right then and there as Japanese soldiers were certainly not ready to defend against the atomic bomb.
May
3
comment When did Emperor Hirohito gave an address about suicides and non-productive jobs?
It's my understanding that the first time the people of Japan heard their Emperor speaking was when Hirohito broadcast his decision to end the war in August, 1945.
May
3
comment What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
According to this answer, the combined Russian fleets sank a total of 508+280+200 = 988 enemy warships. I don't believe Germany or her allies had this many warships. Can you elaborate on this claim?
Nov
24
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
Again, you are reinforcing my premise. By invoking the UN, NATO, etc., the President is now able to go to war without the approval of Congress as supposedly required by the Constitution.
Nov
22
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
I don't think I am confusing the case. Your answer supports my conclusion: the President can get the US into a war without a formal declaration of war by Congress as stated in the Constitution. Yes indeed, times have changed.
Nov
21
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
Another war that was not declared was the attack on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait which was done under UN auspices.
Jun
26
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
The US had no interest in the Philippines before acquiring it after the Spanish-American War. Therefore I believe that if the US had granted them independence right after the war, which they wanted, the US would not have cared that much if Japan attacked them in 1941. After all, the US did nothing after Germany ran rampant through Europe. Without being attacked directly, the US Congress would not have declared war on anybody.
Jun
26
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
Perhaps seen as a challenge but not enough to go to war. Congress would not have declared war against a country that had not committed any act of aggression against the US which is why the US was not at war with Germany.
Jun
24
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
But you are making my point. If the Philippines was independent when the Japanese attacked it, then the US would not have gone to war over it because it was not American territory. Witness how the US stayed out of the European conflict because it had no territorial claims there. I believe the main reason that Japan risked everything by going to war with the US was that they wanted the Philippines and it was American territory so that war with the US was inevitable.
Jun
18
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
It's still not clear to me why Germany's actions were not as vigorously opposed by the US as compared to how Japan's were. The US knew that its strong rhetoric and actions such as the embargo were going to lead to war with Japan (Pearl Harbor was a surprise because the Philippines was expected to be the initial target). Once Germany declared war on the US, the "Greatest Generation" suddenly was very eager to stick it to them. What's not clear is where were these emotions before. Was it just due to isolationism or the desire to have the Germans fight the Russians, or something else?
May
25
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
My point is the US didn't go to war against Germany until they declared war on the US in spite of Germany's defeating most of Europe and threatening England. That is why the US would not have gone to war against Japan unless they attacked us. If the Philippines had been granted independence in 1901, then Japan could attack them without it being an attack on the US. Thus, I believe the US would not have gone to war against Japan. The US was still in too much of an isolationist mode at that time. This is why I believe the events of 1901 had a significant effect on the events of 1941.
May
25
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
My point is the US didn't go to war against Germany until they declared war on the US in spite of Germany's defeating most of Europe and threatening England. That is why the US would not have gone to war against Japan unless they attacked us. If the Philippines had been granted independence in 1901, then Japan could attack them without it being an attack on the US. Thus, I believe the US would not have gone to war against Japan. The US was still in too much of an isolationist mode at that time. This is why I believe the events of 1901 had a significant effect on the events of 1941.
May
24
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
I don't agree. Going to war with the US was not going to get Japan back the loss of US oil and other materials. In fact, their main intent on further aggression in Asia was to gain them access to raw materials that they could no longer get from the US. They realized that war with the US was risky but the Philippines was part of their plans so war was inevitable. If they could have gotten the Philippines without going to war with the US, they would have done it. Yamamoto was against making war with the US but his opinion was overruled and he eventually planned the attack on Pearl Harbor.