Why did America go to war with Japan during WW2?

Was it all just for revenge about pearl harbor? Or were there other goals in the americans defeating them? For example, most people would say that the atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki were justified because they saved more lives than if we had simply just invaded the Japanese mainland (Operation Downfall, hypothetically). However, was America, during the second world war, so focused on revenge about pearl harbor? What benefits did America get from defeating Japan? Wouldn't it have saved more lives-in a hypothetical third alternative, if we had simply just left Japan during WW2? By defeating the Nazis, we had saved tens of millions of lives in the long run. What lives did America save by defeating Japan? I just find certain parts of history 2 be very confusing and very hard 2 understand. Can somebody please explain 2 me why America went 2 war with Japan? How evil was their imperial dictatorship, as compared to the Nazis, during WW2? Also, did they have any plans of invading and taking over the mainland coast of the USA? What good did we accomplish by going to war with Japan? We saved millions of lives by defeating the nazis. We didn't save millions of lives by going 2 war with Japan

Asked By: Christopher!!! - 1/29/2013
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~FDR wanted to get into the war in Europe. Neither the American people nor Congress were going to let him. In fact, the draft was extended in August 1941 by a single vote. From the various Neutrality Acts through Cash and Carry to Boats For Bases and finally, Lend/Lease, FDR pushed the US closer and closer to war... More
Answered By: Oscar Himpflewitz - 1/29/2013
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They would have attacked the west coast. We needed to bring those slanty eyed devils to their knees.
Answered By: emgee - 1/29/2013
After pearl harbour the American public was in outrage. A bit like 9/11 recently. The government could already see the threat of nazi germany and were on the brink of joining the war anyway. Japan also had waged war on British colonies and countries in Asia, I think they attacked china as well but I'm not sure. The... More
Answered By: Jamie - 1/29/2013
When another country bombs your military facility and destroys your fleet, you're in a war because they started one... More
Answered By: Hannah - 1/29/2013
Because they attacked us... More
Answered By: Irv S - 1/29/2013
America went 2 war with Japan 2 save millions of lives by going 2 war with Japan 2 do good and 2 get revenge and 2 confuse people and make things very hard 2 understand. But mostly 2 save millions of lives and to write "2" instead of "to" a lot (and 2 save millions of lives).
Answered By: Sir Caustic - 1/29/2013
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor because they falsely accused America of interfering with their operations in Asia but many people forget they started the war by attacking Manchuria in 1931. Then in 1937, Japan launched a full-scale invasion of China. The Japanese Army started committing atrocities left and right against... More
Answered By: Major Armed Man - 1/29/2013
We shouldn't view history from the perspective of ideology or propaganda... More
Answered By: Nowitzki - 1/30/2013
The Japanese first to militarily strike were allied with Germany and Italy. In declaring war upon Japan it included her allies in the war... More
Answered By: Fred - 1/30/2013
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