"since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941 a state of War has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire." -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941
addressing the US Congress
It is important to realize that while President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan on December 8th, and the Congress had made that declaration on the same day (with only one vote against, "a state of War has existed" since before that declaration, and during the attack on an American naval base, against American military presences, American allies, American forces, and on American soil. Note how "War" has been capitalized; It's a special condition, distinct even among times of hostility. To have War formally for our country the Congress of the United States must declare war as only the Congress has that power, not the President or any of the Executive Branch. The President did ask and it is important how he phrased it; in the provocation began the state of War. Even wars between any nations are certainly legally only wars as the countries involved formally declare it. Yet objectively a state of war exists obviously between two powers. That's the point of December 7th. Congress declared War on December 8th. War obviously began as the Japanese Empire began their aggressions on December 7th and started taking lives. We commemorate what occurred 67 years ago today, even recognizing that so few of our defenders back then are around today. So few people today appreciate the sacrifices and events from back then.
We mustn't forget. Vigilance is necessary. War and evil doesn't only act and wait for Congressional legal acknowledgment. It's not the date of our declaration of War that people remember as the beginning of the Second World War, it's the Day of Infamy.
I took time out from hiatus for this.