On the morning of 11 December, the Government of Germany,
pursuing its course of world conquest, declared war against the United
The long-known and the long-expected has thus taken place. The forces
endeavoring to enslave the entire world now are moving toward this hemisphere.
Never before has there been a greater challenge to life, liberty, and
Delay invites greater danger. Rapid and united effort by all of the
peoples of the world who are determined to remain free will ensure a
world victory of the forces of justice and of righteousness over the
forces of savagery and of barbarism.
Italy also has
declared war against the United States.
I therefore request the Congress to recognize a state
of war between the United States and Germany, and between the United
States and Italy.