So, before we get started, who are these guys? They are historians, more like a Pipes, less like a Kissinger, but what else do you know, or can you find out about them? What is their socio-political context? Make sure you’re looking at D Brinkley, not A.
As far as what they provide here I think there are some interesting points of departure from Kissinger. They quote FDR as having, “hated war”, they say he “failed to support” Cash and Carry, he raised troop strength by symbolic numbers, despite Stimson, and Churchill, and Reynaud’s pleas. They go so far as to point out the bases for destryers deal was “reluctant”.
How do you reconcile this with Kissinger’s “prescient” FDR? What about the Quarantine speech? What about his wanting airplane plants in Canada? What about his ruse to get Hitler to mock him?
Ambrose & Brinkley, who I will from now on refer to simply as Ambrose, do agree that by Nov 1 1941 (merely a month before PH) he was “beligerent” but Kissinger wants us to believe it goes all the way back to 1937.
Who do you believe?