Was it possible for the US to stay completely neutral in WW2?

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I think he means don't do anything (like supply the UK) that would cause Germany or Japan to declare war on the USA. Just be totally passive within the borders of the USA itself.
Yeah, that's what I suspected here. Anyway, the US could have probably done this if it would have actually been willing to live with the consequences of a Nazi/Axis victory in WWII.
 
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The U.S.A. was already pro allied before it was officially and fully involved in WWII. A group of volunteer fighter pilots called the Eagle Squadron was formed and sent to Britain. President Roosevelt was supplying Churchill with weapons and later Stalin after his country was invaded. The US Navy was escorting convoys and engaging in an undeclared war with the Kreigamarine's U-boats. Also there was the Atlantic Charter meeting. In the second Sino-Japanese war the Americans were pro-Chinese( see sanctioning and the Flying Tigers).

Interesting... Personally, I don't believe it was possible for the U.S.A. to have stayed completely neutral in ww2. If the Japanese weren't being sanctioned there's a slight chance they could have still lashed out at the Americans and a greater chance they would have tried to grab territory from Britain and the Dutch. I believe it's likely that president Roosevelt could have gotten a declaration of war on the European Axis in 1942.
 
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Futurist

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Agreed with all of this and also please keep in mind that FDR might be able to get a Congressional declaration of war on the Japanese even if they will only attack British and/or Dutch possessions in the Far East and not any US possessions. I believe that a while back @OpanaPointer said something along these lines somewhere on this forum.
 
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Poly

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Yeah, that's what I suspected here. Anyway, the US could have probably done this if it would have actually been willing to live with the consequences of a Nazi/Axis victory in WWII.
Many Americans thought the world was so big in the 1930's....they didn't know how much "smaller" it had become.

They thought the Pacific and Atlantic insulated them, they were wrong.
 
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Many Americans thought the world was so big in the 1930's....they didn't know how much "smaller" it had become.

They thought the Pacific and Atlantic insulated them, they were wrong.
These oceans did insulate the US to a large extent but sometimes going to war involves more than just one's own security--specifically ensuring the well-being of people in other countries.
 

Poly

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Some of which fled to the US in or before 1939, no?
Perhaps. It's difficult to see the Manhattan project achieving its objective, in the same timescale, if the USA had no war to fight and few European allies.