From: Aarhus, Denmark
Its been posted already but the massive flaw of the conspiracy theorists is that their "why" arguments are so weak.
"why" sink the Pacific fleet and damage a major naval base just before embarking on a naval war?
"why not" move the fleet to San Diego the day before and allow the attack to hit an empty port.
Pearl Harbour has been fantastically well researched. There was just the usual conspiracy of complacency,disbelief,Snafu's, wrong thinking, good intentions, cost cuttings, weak communications, disparate agencies, human error and bad luck. And what is often overlooked is that Japanese had a good plan, good training and good fortune.
Not that I necesarily disagree, but if we for a moment entertain the idea that the US government knew the details and had made the decision to let things take their course, then arguably they had no option politically but NOT to take decisive action lest the govenment lay themselves open to the charge that they had done less than everything to prevent the outbreak of war. This, after all, was the supposed bottom line of the US-Japanese negotiations up to December '41. We take the Pacific war for granted today, but prior to the event it can hardly have been a dead certainty to the American public in general and the isolationist section of same in particular. Had the fleet steamed off for San Diego on the Saturday, at the very least the US government would be shown to have negotiated in bad faith towards the end. Further, since the case would ultimately be unanswerable, the Government would hardly be able to emphatically demonstrate that war could not have been prevented had Japans bluff been called internationally and/or some other last ditch effort of mediation. Far safer to turn a blind eye and play the honest-broker-now-backstabbed, especially when there was nothing at Pearl which the US couldn't do without in the macro-strategic sense.
Where's the Any key?