re: #30 sagehen
While almost no one will disagree with the assertion that the US entering WWII turned the tide against Germany, the reality on the ground is that the USSR defeated Germany in conjunction with everyone else doing their part.
And yes, we could have defeated Japan all by ourselves. But all too often Americans don’t learn the real lesson of the Pacific war.
Bluntly this: Japan was our ally in WWI. It only attacked us in WWII because Japan’s government fell into the hands of military nationalists several years before Pearl Harbor.
Hmmm… military nationalists ruining countries… I wonder how many Americans learned that lesson from WWII?