Pat didn’t have any family headed to the easy-bake ovens.
The “ovens” were certainly a minor part of pre WWII US involvement. An end result of the failed policies of FDR (and Hoover) to get us out of the Depression,because war employed everybody (like the song “working on the national defense”)
At the risk of being accused of saying it was all about “oil” , recommend a read of “The Prize”. Japan, with the Asian Co-Prosperity sphere, and the Dutch oil fields in a similar fashion. Italy completes the Axis, and all three with a commonality of world socialism coupled with dictatorship (and theft of private property).
Another great read, soon to be a movie is “In the Garden of the Beasts”, a diary referenced account of FDR’s first ambassador appointment to Germany— Ambassador Dodd... whose daughter was “loose”, slept with the first head of the Gestapo and eventually became a fully fledged proven Soviet agent. It documents the State Dept’s anti-semitism that continues to this day, and is of a common thread with Stalinism’s anti-semitism. For example, the ship S.S. St.Louis... resulted from intentional neglect as policy with European Jews. The policy being more about industrial trade and oil (never forget how much leverage finally had to be put on the Rockefeller interests to get out of Germany— and stop their biz in the chemical/oil business there with a 30% stake in slave labor IG Farben- a bigtime political exposure of FDRs backers ). In the UK, royal family ties often trumped patriotism, and was only overcome by the potential of the end of the kingdom.
History, from first hand sources, exposes all of the fantasy and fiction created by Stalinists (like “the Good War” as opposed to Vietnam which they and their pals said was not), and their fellow-travelers, the FDR worshippers (because indeed FDR was fully compromised).
Tyranny was abated only for a while, by great human sacrifice for freedom in the “war to end all wars” and WWII. God Bless our Warriors for their sacrifices- in all wars from the Revolution to the present.
I think the issue might not be whether the US should have gotten involved in WWII but the extent which we supported Russia. Perhaps we should have made the Russians bleed a lot more so we bled less?