Monday, December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called
together the nation's senators and congressmen. He asked them
to declare war on Japan for an "unprovoken and dastardly
attack." Although most Americans felt they should also declare
war on Germany and Italy, Roosevelt did not, since there had
been no direct attack on the United States by those two nations.
The problem was solved, however, when Adolf Hitler of Germany
and Benito Mussolini of Italy both declared war on the United
States a few days later. Plans were being made to fight a war
the United States had not wanted.