A day that will live in infamy

USS SHAW exploding at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

USS SHAW exploding at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

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)


2 comments on “A day that will live in infamy

  1. Dictionarys are cool says:

    And yet an expansionist Japan was at the time running rampage through Asia and had been for over a decade – Korea had been occupied for around 30 years.

    Perhaps you should ask the comfort women’s opinion on this?

    The were making territorial claims on Hawaii – militarily one of the most important locations in the pacific at the time. By your reasoning I guess there was no reason whatsover to try and cut off their fuel supply and contain them – and it was just the dirty imperialists itching for a fight?

    Was a non-anglo imperialist force commiting genocide throughout the region ok by you then? Despite the dishonesty and machinations involved none of the lead up to Pearl Harbour happened in a vacuum. It’s naive to suggest that it did – and even more naive to lay the blame solely on the United States. There were factions within the Japanese army that wanted war with the united states to remove them from China once and for all (see the Penay incident) – at least 5 years before the attack on Pearl Harbour.

    Had the US not entered the second world war when it did the conflict would have lasted much longer at the best – and could have been lost at the worst.

    For someone obsessed with means and ends and who decries moral absoloutes you don’t seem to have a very balanced view of the situation. Nowadays the isolationist policies and climate of the USA at the time are denounced by many on the left – so this seems a little inconsistent to say the least.

    Would you prefer the Henry Fords of America got their way and the United States joined on the side of the Axis Powers? There were a lot of fascist sympathizers in america at the time – Prescott Bush is another example – and a lot of public support for the nazis. Do you wish instead that they had made friends with Japan – or proclaimed neutrality in the conflict ?

  2. Dictionarys are cool says:

    I didn’t think this site was being maintained.

    If both sides of the story are so important then why the focus on one?

    I would be more interested in continuing if my comments hadn’t been edited.

    In particular the reference to quote mining.

    If you are so interested in both sides of the story then quote mining is an interesting tactic to use. It’s completely dishonest at worst – and misleading at best.

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