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Admiral: “We didn’t have sufficient intelligence to commit more forces”
Alternate History | 10/27/12

Posted on 10/27/2012 10:15:34 AM PDT by pabianice

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 10, 1942 –

Following the disaster at Midway Island last week, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, spoke today with reporters to answer questions about the U.S. defeat.

“We thought the Japanese might be moving on Midway,” Nimitz said, “But our intelligence was incomplete and the president and top officers decided not to risk too many of our forces in investigating what might have been a dangerous situation about which we knew too little.”

Nimitz explained that although some analysts urged the president to send three aircraft carriers and escort ships to scout for the Jap fleet near the Midway Atoll, the White House decided not to risk a larger force in a gambit.

In addition to the loss of USS Yorktown with all 3,522 hands, the U.S. Pacific Fleet also lost 96 aircraft and aircrew numbering 286. Since Midway was then overrun by the Japanese, it is believed that 2,370 men were killed and an unknown number taken prisoner. Aggravating the loss was the absence of any SBD dive-bombers aboard Yorktown. The decision had been made to send only pursuit F-4F aircraft in the belief that there would not be an opportunity to close enough to bomb the four or five Jap carriers believed to be bearing-down on Midway.

“Rumors that we did not send enough ships to this conflict are untrue and serve only to help the enemy,” noted White House spokesman Ronald Axelrod. “We acted based upon incomplete and questionable intelligence. In war you don’t send troops to possible battle unless you know more about the situation.”

In the wake of the Midway disaster, it is believed that the Japanese are now massing troops and ships for an invasion of Hawaii and the West Coast. With USS Hornet expected to be tied-up for repairs until September, there remains only USS Enterprise to protect against the Jap fleet’s known five front-line carriers and twelve escort carriers.

“People in Hawaii and the West Coast can best now prepare for a possible Japanese incursion,” said Nimitz. “We will continue to make our best preparations for the coming months.”

The White House refused to respond to questions from the press and instead asked reporters for patience until more after-action intelligence could be gathered and analyzed.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: benghazi

1 posted on 10/27/2012 10:15:37 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Midway was the turning point in the war for the U.S. Heavy losses? Yes. But more damage was inflicted on the Japanese Imperial Navy than we suffered. They were not the same force after Midway.


2 posted on 10/27/2012 10:21:39 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: pabianice

They didn’t have enough intelligence but having cracked what was AF was already good enough.


3 posted on 10/27/2012 10:27:48 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: cld51860

A new book just out suggests the Solomons Campaign was the real eclipse of the Rising Sun.

“Islands of Destiny” by John Prados is worth adding to your collection. Prados has penned nearly two dozen war histories covering WWII through VN.


4 posted on 10/27/2012 10:31:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: pabianice

Can we fire this Admiral after Romney becomes president?


5 posted on 10/27/2012 10:32:21 AM PDT by o2bfree (All us minorities got us an Obamaphone!!!)
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To: pabianice

I was thinking about Pearl Harbor and I bet Roosevelt had real time communications that the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor. That would be in 1941.


6 posted on 10/27/2012 10:32:42 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: pabianice; All

Excellent satire on the Libya Benghazi scandal.


7 posted on 10/27/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: o2bfree

Hahaha, just kidding.


8 posted on 10/27/2012 10:33:46 AM PDT by o2bfree (All us minorities got us an Obamaphone!!!)
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To: Parley Baer

Dec. 7, 1941, was logically what FDR long waitin’ for.


9 posted on 10/27/2012 10:38:26 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: pabianice

I hope the Dems aren’t trying to use this as a comparable to Libya. Could they be that stupid?


10 posted on 10/27/2012 10:39:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Rumors that we did not send enough ships to this conflict are untrue and serve only to help the enemy,” noted White House spokesman Ronald Axelrod. “We acted based upon incomplete and questionable intelligence. In war you don’t send troops to possible battle unless you know more about the situation.”

Satire - Saca;(


11 posted on 10/27/2012 10:44:07 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: pabianice

This is a parody of today’s current events, right?


12 posted on 10/27/2012 10:44:50 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: pabianice

13 posted on 10/27/2012 10:45:52 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: cld51860

Excellent. I had thought of a similar parody based on Eisenhower and Dday.


14 posted on 10/27/2012 10:53:42 AM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning.)
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To: o2bfree

Not just this admiral, but half the generals in the pentagon, including the field commanders. Tinpot stars.


15 posted on 10/27/2012 10:55:23 AM PDT by Pit1 (I'm so sick of O-nut-Head. All demoRats can go to hel. Now.)
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To: pabianice; zot; Interesting Times

good satire


16 posted on 10/27/2012 10:59:18 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: pabianice
I like the analogy.

The response from the "regime" is that our military was too afraid to be "put into harm's way." Shameful! We spend countless billions of dollars on training and equipping the best fighting force on the planet and to suggest that they wouldn't have felt "safe" going in there and kicking ass and trying to save our people is an insult to every one of them.

17 posted on 10/27/2012 11:23:55 AM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: pabianice
Info on Benghazi keeps coming out.....

Check the keyword for Benghazi....absolute torrents of articles and statements.

Saw an abbreviated Brett Baer Special Report on the Benghazi coverup ,...attack this morning.

Expect more to be shown tonight and Sunday ...believe at 10 pm EST.

18 posted on 10/27/2012 11:52:27 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: pabianice

“We didn’t have sufficient intelligence to commit more forces”

LOL! Well, they were close about one thing. They didn’t have any intelligence. What a bunch a maroons!


19 posted on 10/27/2012 12:25:08 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

i agree the solomons campaighn was the turning point, not midway. midway prevented japanese expansion to the east and severly damaged their carrier force. i doubt they could have taken midway, i know they couldn’t hold it. and, as an aside they didn’t have the resources to take hawaii after pearl harbor and still do the southern campaign which was the primart reason for the war.


20 posted on 10/27/2012 2:58:29 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: pabianice
Admiral: “We didn’t have sufficient intelligence to commit more forces”

You can say *that* again!

NO cheers, unfortunately.

21 posted on 10/27/2012 3:14:42 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Yes, this is good satire.


22 posted on 10/27/2012 5:04:03 PM PDT by zot
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To: bravo whiskey

The oil fields of Indonesia were Japan’s primary target. Their fighting ships would go nowhere without this supply. The Dutch and Brits largely destroyed the prompt availability as Japan closed in. They would have lost the war eventually and they probably knew it.


23 posted on 10/27/2012 6:15:49 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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