To: Lonesome in Massachussets
“You are straying into Truther Territory, there partner.”
Politely phrased, Lonesome, and I appreciate it. I know there is no smoking gun that has come to light but the Japanese codes had been broken for quite a while and the US was seeing everything transmitted. Not just in the pacific but all across Europe to the Germans. No doubt, if FDR knew it was coming, he would cover up (destroy) any proof that he had forewarning. My grandad was THERE (reporter) and remembers FDR was so elated he stood up and did a jig. Another myth is that he couldn't walk. He could, but the infirmness of it made him look weak on film so photographing him was taboo.Besides, he wouldn't sacrifice thousands of our sailors to pull his own fat out of the fire, would he? Damn right he would.. Like today's liberals, rotten to the core.
You need to put the attack in context. Europe had been at war since 1939. Japan had Manchuria and invaded the rest of China in 1937. Many expected that Japan would expand the war in the East further. What came as a shock was that they would attack the Pearl Harbor base as a prelude to attacking Southeast Asia. And no, we had not broken a code that would have given enough advance notice to know about Pearl being the target.
Why was FDR happy? He believed the Nazis had to be defeated to save democratic Western Civilization. Until the invasion of Russia in Spring 1941, Britain had been holding on alone, barely. In 1941, the Germans were rolling across Russia and it would not be for another year that we would learn Russia would survive the attack. A Japanese attack on the US would finally create a consensus that the US had to enter the war and allow us to give the British full support.
Roosevelt did not need to trick the Japanese into attacking us. They had already taken the decision to seize SE Asia, which meant attacking the Philippines and the US Asiatic Fleet, Far East Air Force, and Army ground units. They had already decided on war against the US.
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