keith said: "...Thankfully, we had LEADERS then that didn't negotiate with Hitler and the Nazi leadership. They hunted them down and executed them. "
The war in Europe started in the fall of 1939, and we didn't get over there until the fall of 1942. The strong isolationist movement in the US, headed by the America First Committee consisting in part of lots of conservative Republicans with Lindbergh as it's spokesman, did it's share to keep the US out. US businesses were happily trading with Nazi Germany, some even after it was declared illegal to do so, as noted below.
After the seizures in late 1942 of five U.S. enterprises he managed on behalf of Nazi industrialist Fritz Thyssen, Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, failed to divest himself of more than a dozen "enemy national" relationships that continued until as late as 1951, newly-discovered U.S. government documents reveal.
Furthermore, the records show that Bush and his colleagues routinely attempted to conceal their activities from government investigators.
Bush's partners in the secret web of Thyssen-controlled ventures included former New York Governor W. Averell Harriman and his younger brother, E. Roland Harriman. Their quarter-century of Nazi financial transactions, from 1924-1951, were conducted by the New York private banking firm, Brown Brothers Harriman.