Yes, I know it's all the rage to re-examine US history with a hyper-critical eye. I have no problem with that, per se. Unvarnished historical honesty is vital to current and future assessments of policy.<quoted text>The logic he seems to be following usually holds that the U.S. forced Japan to declare war with the partial embargo (oil, aviation fuel, steel, among other things) because we were sticking our noses into something that wasn't our business - Japan's attempts to subdue China.
In this case, the US interest in the 30's just happened to coincide with, or at least complement, China's interest, as European and Asian forces conspired to fragment the country and pick apart the remains. Our efforts in their behalf should be a rare matter of pride to anti-imperialists.