Apparently, he gets an “A” for foreign policy.
FDR’s foreign policy is basically synonymous with US WWII aims. What were his policies with respect to ending WWII?
As best I can determine, FDR went into the war with basically no war aims. After a while, he seems to have settled on two:
1) Totally destroying Germany and Japan (he was the first to public state the demand for unconditional surrender). I’ve read that he seems to have even considered breaking Germany back up into principalities.
2) Ending European colonialism as quickly as possible.
Both of these aims were, retrospectively, terrible.
The first served to make the Soviets the (by far) most dominant power in Europe and Asia. It left the US alone to provide any meaningful resistance in both theaters.
The second enticed the Soviets to further expand into the third world and has led to disastrous results which continue into modern times (Egypt, for example, is still struggling for stability and has rarely if ever been a better place to live following the end of colonialism – the list of course is much longer – think of all the subsequent bloodshed in the Middle East or India and Pakistan).
Is this really the best we got?
Or maybe he just gets an A since he was so effective in implementing the policies that his advisors (many of whom were Soviet agents or suspected Soviet agents) developed.