Hitler had hoped that Japan would attack the United States so that the majority of U.S. forces would be sent to the Pacific front. He expected the United States to enter the European war as incidents between German submarines and the United States mounted in the Atlantic.
Hitler underestimated the strategy of the United States, which was to view Germany as the larger threat but fight the Japanese with the U.S. Navy. By helping Japan, he hoped for Japanese support against the Soviet Union after they had defeated the Americans. On December 11, Germany and Italy both declared war on the United States.
Answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. What steps did the supporters of United States isolationism take to ensure that the country remained neutral in an international conflict?