In an effort to justify the legality of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth made an historical blunder that even a middle-school student would recognize:
As former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) recalls, the United States “never” declared war against Nazi Germany during World War II.
Hayworth made the incorrect assertion while taking questions from voters last week in Phoenix as part of his primary campaign against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a video of which did not start making the rounds in Washington until Monday.
Asked about the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which were not declared, Hayworth proudly boasted of voting to give President George W. Bush the authority to use military action against Iraq.
But Hayworth then wanted to point out “that if we want to be sticklers, the war that Dwight Eisenhower led in Europe against the Third Reich was never declared by the United States Congress.”
“Recall, the Congress passed a war resolution against Japan,” Hayworth continued. “Germany declared war on us two days later. We never formally declared war on Hitler’s Germany, and yet we fought the war.”
Actually, J.D., there was a resolution voted on by Congress on December 11, 1941
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair lays before the Senate a message from the President of the United States, which the clerk will read.
The Chief Clerk read as follows:
“To the Congress of the United States:
“On the morning of December 11 the Government of Germany, pursuing its course of world conquest, declared war against the United States.
“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 civilization.
“Delay invites greater danger. Rapid and united effort by all the peoples of the world who are determined to remain free will insure 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.
“FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
“THE WHITE HOUSE, “December 11, 1941.”
To which Congress responded:
Declaring that a state of war exists between the Government of Germany and the government and the people of the United States and making provision to prosecute the same.
Whereas the Government of Germany has formally declared war against the government and the people of the United States of America:
Therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the state of war between the United States and the Government of Germany which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the government to carry on war against the Government of Germany; 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
H/T: Oliver Willis