A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore.
B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch east Indies [now Indonesia].
C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek.
D. Send a division of long-range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Phillipines, or Singapore.
E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.
F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. Fleet, now in the Pacific, in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.
H. Completely embargo all trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo emposed by the British Empire.
– Office of Naval Intelligence memo authored by Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, October 7, 1940, putting forward a plan to provoke Japan into committing an overt act of war that could be used to mobilise public support for America’s entry into WW2. Many Americans who had experienced the first bloodbath, said at the time to be ‘a war for democracy’ and the ‘war to end all wars,’ were opposed to sending their sons to die in another. All of the suggestions were adopted; the attack on Pearl Harbour came two months later. (source: Robert Stinnett, Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbour)