The Clerk read the Senate joint resolution, as follows:

“Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed repeated acts of
war against the Government and the people of the United States of

“Therefore be it

“Resolved, etc., That the state of war between the United States and the
Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United
States is hereby formally declared; and that the President be, and he is
hereby, authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military
forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry
on war against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the
conflict to a successful termination, all of the resources of the
country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.”

Minutes of the United States House of Representatives. Signed by President Roosevelt at 4:10 PM, December 8, 1941

Seems a pretty bloodless way to set out on a war that would end with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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