I became Stalin chapter 64
“Death to Japs!”
Even Roosevelt, who was famous for his cool and calm personality, cried out like this.
The Japanese were cowardly. Using a cowardly maneuver, he was beaten by Germany and slapped in the back of the head of the tingling United States.
Germany, a power that once fought for supremacy over the world, is an adversary worthy of recognition. But that the inferior yellow races dared to do such a thing to a great America was a devastating blow to the still angry American pride.
“Last night the Japanese attacked Hong Kong. Japanese forces attacked Guam and the Philippine Islands. Japanese forces attacked Wake Island and Malaya. Japan deliberately deceived the United States government and declared it wanted peace, but only 30 minutes before the attack! The declaration of war has been delivered!”
Japan used the same technique that Germany used. When Secretary of State Hull heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he had to read through Japan’s 14-point declaration of war in extremely vague terms.
As I read the article written in a Japanese style of slurping to such an extent that I couldn’t tell if this was a declaration of war or not, the State Department for a moment mistakenly thought that someone other than Japan had launched an air strike.
Roosevelt continued his speech as loudly as if he had become Churchill.
“I don’t know how long the counterattack against this sneaky surprise will last. But the citizens of the United States of America can end this war victoriously with the power of justice. Don’t let this form of slander be inflicted on America again! We will surely protect our land and our people!”
Not surprisingly, the parliamentary vote supported the war. without a single exception.
“Congress unanimously declares war!”
“Waaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Long live America! God, protect America!”
With the ardent support of lawmakers, an increase in the budget for the war was easily passed. Each member of the legislature rushed to the generals and volunteered to join the war.
“I can go to war too! He is a veteran who has participated in several wars since then!”
“Sir, the United States Army and Navy need more of you from Congress to allocate a budget for us than you do as a single soldier. Please… .”
The old white-haired old man in his 70s swung his cane and shouted that he could fight as an officer too. The generals had to sweat to stop the old congressman from returning to the army because he had fought in the war of the last century, not the level of the last war, the American-Philippine War of 1898.
Of course, not all Congresses were enthusiastically supporters of war. Roosevelt’s long-time nemesis and Republican mogul Robert Taft was an exceptional supporter of Roosevelt while condemning the administration’s incompetence.
“Japan will be held accountable for spilling American blood! And… The administration cannot be freed from this responsibility! You will be held responsible for letting American blood flow in vain!”
Roosevelt and his diplomats did not notice any signs of a Japanese attack and allowed the surprise attack. The generals he appointed failed to guard and allowed a surprise attack. Twice!
In addition, the ‘major’ that MacArthur, who is a hard-line conservative, has had an influence. Roosevelt’s brethren were all defeated at once, but MacArthur is defending the Philippines!
Republicans wanted to reclaim the power they lost in the war. Just last year, the FDR ran for a third term as president for the first time in history, and the Republican Party failed to regain power despite Roosevelt’s devastating blow.
What if Roosevelt led to a great victory in this war? Republicans may have to give up the White House to Democrats for maybe 10 or 20 years.
No one was blind enough to oppose the war, but few Republicans wanted the Democrats to win.
“Also, we cannot help but doubt that the exchange-alliance policy with the Soviet Union advocated by the current administration also contributed to the present disaster!”
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“Ah, of course, the Soviet policy did cause the current disaster.”
Roosevelt, who returned to the Cabinet meeting after being bitten and torn by Republicans in Congress, lamented that.
The Soviet Union continued to warn of Japanese surprise through secret letters and special envoys. Nevertheless, the administration doubted any other intentions of this and did not raise its alertness.
“And our ‘Uncle Joe’… You’re quick too.”
“That’s right. The Soviet Union expressed its deep condolences to the United States for the current situation and offered cooperation to prevent the spread of fascism in Asia as soon as the European front was cleared.”
Stalin immediately sent a secret letter to the United States about the incident, expressing his regret. To the extent that the Roosevelt administration, who did not trust them, was embarrassed.
And now that the only real ally left is the Soviet Union, the US had to accept it, despite the Soviet Union’s simplistic measures.
France was completely destroyed. Britain, too, had lost London and was on the verge of collapse. What the United States was most wary of was a war on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and as it approached, the Soviet Union, a barrier against Germany in Europe, was of utmost importance as a partner.
“Without the Soviet Union, we cannot win on two fronts!”
What if millions of German soldiers who had to fight and die on the big and small front poured into the Atlantic Ocean? The UK, barely holding on, will crumble, and shortly thereafter, key cities on the eastern coast of the United States will be exposed to blockades and attacks.
What if Japan was allied with the Soviet Union and the Kwantung Army, which was stationed in Manchuria to warn the Soviet Union even after the non-aggression pact, poured into mainland China? President Chiang Kai-shek, who leads a population of 500 million, will also have no choice but to raise both hands.
Naturally, the CCP will cooperate with Japan on the orders of the Soviet Union, and if mainland China falls into Japanese hands, the United States will lose its superiority over Japan (in terms of national mobilization power) and will have to fight a bloody battle. .
And if both fronts collapse, the Indian subcontinent, which is on the other side of the world from the American standpoint, will also fall into the hands of the Axis powers.
Molotov described this as the ‘domino effect’, and those who heard it shuddered in fear.
Western Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Iran and India, Indochina and the Philippines… If everything fell into the hands of those totalitarians, the lights of freedom and democracy held up by the United States would become a windmill.
So, the course the US government decided at this time was clear. .
Although there have been occasional radical claims that the Pacific will become the center of the world, the center of the world is still the Atlantic Ocean, where the eastern United States and Western Europe intertwine.
And since the size of the Atlantic Ocean was much smaller than the Pacific Ocean, if all Western Europe fell into the hands of the Axis, Washington, D.C. and New York, the capital of the United States, and Norfolk, Virginia, the home port of the Atlantic Fleet, were at risk immediately.
It was obvious what would happen to American industry if massive supplies from industrial cities along the Great Lakes were blocked in St. Lawrence Bay (off the coast of Canada).
Therefore, the United States must somehow hold the Axis powers within that continent. Even more so, Roosevelt and the United States were forced to cling to the Soviet Union. The water supply was, of course, the United States.
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“If there are no debtors, the creditors go bankrupt. Isn’t it? Ha ha ha ha ha!”
“Comrade General Secretary is right! Hahaha!”
With the opening of Pearl Harbor, the Soviet Union’s position changed 90 degrees, if not 180 degrees.
Before Germany’s attack on Panama and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States was in a position of a bystander, or at best a water supplier. Public opinion was not favorable to the “war in Europe,” and Roosevelt was stranded by this, preventing him from actively responding.
Then, when the lights went out, things changed. A two-sided war between Germany, which had absorbed the French and Italian fleets, and Japan, which had risen to the world’s second-largest naval power due to the collapse of Britain, terrified American citizens.
The mighty Pacific Fleet was literally shattered, and the British Eastern colonies were being trampled one by one.
That is why the Soviet Union, a ‘friend’ who can wreak havoc on Japan, has become more important.
“Also… Zhukov, do you know why Comrade Marx was able to achieve such a great achievement?”
“Yes? Ah… I’m fine… .”
Zhukov seemed perplexed by the absurd joke. No, what are you talking about all of a sudden? The expression on his face was intense.
“It must be because I had a rich friend like Comrade Engels! Ha ha ha ha ha!”
America was big.
All-out war between the Soviet Union and Japan was an agreement that it would postpone until after the European front was cleared, arguing that it was unreasonable for the Soviet Union, which was “desperately” fighting against the German army.
Maybe it was the right thing to do in the US, too. If the Soviet Union declares war now and the Soviet-Japanese non-aggression pact is broken, the Lendless goods coming to Vladivostok via the Pacific Ocean will disappear into the cold waters of the North Pacific Ocean.
For the United States, it could be a catastrophe in which Europe is collapsing rather than trying to get help from the Pacific.
And our rich friend didn’t hesitate to help his ‘friend’. Roosevelt handed over all of the US ships that had been carrying supplies on the existing Lendless route to the Soviet Union.
Japan tolerated the movement of goods on the premise that “Soviet ships” carried non-munitions goods, while the United States countered it by giving up transport ships to keep the Soviet Union as an ally.
In addition, the United States, realizing that facilities for the production of military supplies were not covered because it prohibited only the transport of military supplies, began to tear apart its old military production facilities and send them back.
New production facilities that have been newly built through a tremendous investment will come in the place where they were torn down. What we were given to the Soviet Union was at least second-class equipment… better than nothing No, actually, it wasn’t that much, and even if it was second-rate for the US, it was first-rate or more for the Soviet Union.
If I told you about Pearl Harbor like that, are you going to beat it? I was grateful enough to be able to put up with what I wanted to say. In order not to unnecessarily attract Japanese aggression, my “sincerity” in mourning the American tragedy has been kept as a diplomatic secret… .
In any case, the United States seemed to be ready to enter the war properly. The sleeping giant raised the giant. What will Germany and Japan think of the rapid expansion of the United States? In particular, Germany, which has already been beaten up by us, and has even quarreled with the United States.
I was very curious about the face of the German army staff, who must have regretted it by now.
I became Stalin chapter 64