75 Years Later: ‘DECEMBER 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy’–Pearl Harbor Attack

From American Minute with Bill Federer about “a date which will live in infamy”:

“I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars,”

-promised Franklin D. Roosevelt as he campaigned for a third term, October 30, 1940.

FDR addressed Congress on Appropriations for National Defense, July 10, 1940:

“I said … keep this nation from being drawn into the war … We will not send our men to take part in European wars.”

FDR told the Young Democratic Clubs of America, April 20, 1940:

“We are keeping out of the wars that are going on in Europe and in Asia …

Our opponents are seeking to frighten the country by telling people that the present Administration is deliberately … drifting into war. You know better than that.”

FDR told the New York Herald Tribune Forum, October 26, 1939:

“The United States of America, as I have said before, is neutral and does not intend to get involved in war.”

FDR stated in a Fireside Chat, September 3, 1939:

“We seek to keep war from our own firesides by keeping war from coming to the Americas …

This nation will remain a neutral nation … I have said … many times … that I hate war …

I hope the United States will keep out of this war … I give you … reassurance that every effort of your Government will be directed toward that end.”

FDR addressed a Press Conference in Hyde Park, New York, July 22, 1939:

“On the neutrality thing, I have here forty-five newspaper editorials … showing how widespread is the general approval … to make the United States neutral and to help to avert war.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a radio address to the Third Annual Women’s Conference, October 13, 1933:

“It is the policy of this Government to avoid being drawn into wars between other Nations.”

On August 31, 1935, FDR gave a statement on Neutrality Legislation:

“As a Nation, we are overwhelmingly against engaging in war … The policy of the Government is … avoidance of any entanglements which would lead us into conflict.”

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