America’s ultimate self-serving involvement in WWII was being the fifth column that saved autocracy, with U.S. at the helm.
More than anything else [Hitler] dreamed of an alliance with Saxon England.A nation, he believed, that was made up of and run by people of “excellent Germanic stock”… Hitler proclaimed that, “the English nation will have to be considered the most valuable ally in the world”. He added, “England was a natural ally for Germany and an enemy of France”, plus the latter’s communist friends in Russia, no doubt…he asserted that the English are, “our brothers, why fight our brothers?”. Then Lloyd George came out with a quite remarkable comment. Although everyone was aware of Hitler’s antisemitism from his autobiography and in the 1930’s the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews…the ex-British premier reminded his audience that, “we must not forget the pogroms in Russia and in other European countries”. It was as if he was saying that maltreatment of the Jews happens, and has happened in communist Russia, so why attack Germany for doing the same?
Tacit British support for Germany continued under the veil of appeasement. During the Spanish Civil War…Britain wanted Franco and his fascists to take control of Spain rather than see it fall into the hands of…communists who would be controlled by Moscow…
So after looking at how friendly the British and German governments were in the 1930’s, why was there no Anglo-Nazi Pact?…
one man who inadvertently undermined everything that Hitler wanted from an Anglo-German alliance…Joachim von Ribbentrop…German Ambassador to Britain in August, 1936. He single-handedly destroyed any hope of a rapprochement between the two countries in a number of ways. He insisted on giving an outrageous fascist salute when meeting King George VI [the reigning monarch of the, albeit undercover, Roman Empire and superior to Germany’s hopeful] and seemed astonished that the king did not reply in the same manner. At most meetings with British ministers he argued that Germany must be given back the colonies she lost after the First World War. [Despite the massive losses suffered by England fighting against Germany in WWI.]
Josef Stalin…and the politburo in Moscow certainly believed that an alliance between the two powers was in the cards…as late as 1940 [when] Prime Minister Winston Churchill suggested that Britain should defend Finland against the advancing Red Army.
For his entire life Stalin never trusted the British…
Is it possible that when Churchill – among whose many American connections was his mother – successfully led the British people to sacrifice all they had to fight, rather than join, Germany, that the Nazis looked instead to their military-industrial associates in America for an alliance?
“The relationship between the U.S. and Germany in the 1930s is very complicated and multilayered.. “While the Congress was committed to non-interventionism, the financial and corporate sector had lots of interests in Germany. A bunch of American companies like IBM [and] Coca Cola had large investments in Germany in the 1930s, and a number of them invested more heavily in Germany after Hitler came to power…”
Some American businesses wanted to do business in Nazi Germany and some individual Americans did have a good impression of Hitler and felt as if he shared their values. These American Nazi groups went underground after Pearl Harbor, only to re-emerge after the war—and some are still thriving today…
Certainly America destroyed the British Empire through public diplomacy culminating in the Lend-Lease Act, a “milestone in the history of US foreign relations,” arranged between Churchill and his friend President Franklin Roosevelt.
One of the key reasons for the strength of the special relationship in the Second World War was the close personal connection between Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. They have often been associated with the development of the Anglo-US special relationship, and it was during this period that the political relationship between the two countries thrived. The two leaders met in person eleven times throughout the war and exchanged over 1,700 letters and telegrams. Although they would not always agree, this close personal relationship provided the strong base on which the political one could endure…
In December 1940, Churchill warned Roosevelt that the British were no longer able to pay for supplies…Instead, the United States would “lend” the supplies to the British, deferring payment. When payment eventually did take place…payment would primarily take the form of…the creation of a liberalized international economic order in the postwar world.
That’s a very tactful way of stating that America would plunder Britain of all its wealth and political power.
Lend-lease aid in the form of war materials, industrial machinery and commodities, and foodstuffs amounted to $18.6 billion…
Countries officially listed as having been “declared eligible” for lend-lease aid from the United States are the following;: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fighting France, French North and West Africa, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa Turkey, United Kingdom, U. S. S. R., Uruguay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia…
“Before authorizing lend-lease, the Congress expressly requested and received assurances that…if England could not pay dollars for petroleum furnished to her, and was unable to meet her petroleum needs from resources she controls in Asia, South America and the East Indies…she should…pay for the petroleum obtained from us by transferring to us her ownership in an equivalent value of foreign petroleum reserves…The committee made a similar proposal for gaining access to British and Dutch rubber resources after the war…acquiring rights in the British-owned resources of nickel, copper, tin and iron in countries outside of England, and to the right to receive manganese from Russia after the war in return for lend-lease articles furnished to it now…”
Five combined boards, exclusively British and American, established during 1942, participate in and issue directives on allocations of material to all countries…Questions have been raised in Congress over the present composition of these combined boards, with proposals that they be expanded to include representatives of other nations, especially the U. S. S. R. and China…
The first comprehensive report on reverse lend-lease was made by President Roosevelt on Nov. 11, 1943, in the form of a review of the reciprocal aid received from the British Commonwealth up to June 30 of . The total of $1,174.9 million included $871 million from the United Kingdom, $196 million from Australia, $51 million from New Zealand, and $58.9 million from India. It was estimated that reverse lend-lease from the British Commonwealth had reached a rate of $1,250 million annually. The Lend-Lease Administration reported that the figures “did not include many expenditures by the British for supplies and services to the United States armed forces in North Africa, Sicily and elsewhere.”17
British reverse lend-lease is being expanded. Under agreements reached in 1943 with the United Kingdom, New Zealand and India, and others being negotiated with Australia and South Africa, the United States will receive from these territories without payment the colonial empire materials, commodities and foodstuffs heretofore purchased, including such strategic materials as rubber, rope fiber, chrome, benzol, cocoa, tea, and vegetable oil. A similar agreement for strategic materials has been reached with the French Committee of National Liberation. China opened her slender reserve stocks of gasoline for the American 14th Air Force in China and Russia has furnished free services for all American supply ships reaching her northern ports, including food, fuel and other ship stores, medical care and ship repairs.
Former Lend-Lease Administrator Stettinius has pointed out, however, that for months before the United States entered the war the United Kingdom alone stood against Hitler in the west while many of her cities were blasted into ruins, and that her lend-lease contributions in food, quarters, installations and shipping for American soldiers since that time have been vital to the general effort and complementary to the American contributions of war machines.
“Russia has been fighting on her own soil for two years, China for six …[Stettinins wrote]. It is all the same war. Who can say which of us has given most of what he has to give? We cannot measure their lives against our dollars, or their pounds or rubles, against our lives. We cannot balance the cost of a ruined city against the cost of a thousand tanks. …It would be impossible, indeed a sacrilege, to attempt to balance such a ledger,”
Churchill’s dear friend President Roosevelt then consolidated the total transfer of Britain’s wealth by destroying ailing Britain’s last hope for reconstruction after the war and consigning her to abject poverty.
On February 14, 1945, months before the war ended on September 2, 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. internationally considered a key Arab leader. Their meeting was secret because FDR had pledged to England’s Winston Churchill that the United States would not intervene in territory controlled by the British. Laying a foundation for U.S.-Saudi relations that would ensure U.S. access to Saudi oil reserves, the agreement has survived seven Saudi kings and twelve US presidents.
Note – that is protection of the Saudi regime, not of the country, even against internal revolt by the people of the country. So much for the protector of democracy.
It is all for access to Saudi oil reserves.
Second only to America’s.
What?! You didn’t know that America held the largest oil reserves, the energy resource guaranteeing power?
So why do American consumers keep paying higher prices for gas imported from the Middle East? Ahh, because American oil is reserved for wartime power.
The supremely successful Lend-Lease Act public policy resulted in America, while riding in as a Savior wearing a white hat:
- gaining access to Britain’s global network of military bases,
- underwriting America’s transformation into a military-industrial complex, with, as President Eisenhower warned, “the disastrous rise of misplaced power,”
- Apparent defeat of the Nazi Third Reich with limited loss of American soldiers’ lives, thereby defeating the powerful isolationist politicians at home and winning the majority of Americans to his conviction that Americans can, and must, save the world for democracy,
- Entrance into the war, swooping in at the last minute to claim as spoils of war Germany’s top secret, highly advanced weapons technology,
- “The creation of a new international economic order in the postwar world.”
Senate opposition to the Lend-Lease Act correctly foresaw that the bill would “...give the president power to carry on a kind of undeclared war all over the world.”
How can any sentient person not recognize that America replaced Great Britain as the most powerful World empire, apparent in assuming:
- Great Britain’s economic power
- Great Britain’s naval superiority
- Germany’s cutting edge scientific brainpower, in particular,
- Nazi rocket science to launch the Space Age