ORIGINAL: John 3rd
Nope. Bomb all the oil you want.
If Japan wants to make sure you don't bomb it, then they need to take the appropriate steps to prevent you from doing so.
It's honestly easier to just capture bases in a certain order to prevent the bombers from flying at all (anything that is AF5 and within extended range, or anything that is AF2 and within normal range) than it is to cover the targets with CAP. It's not that big of a list of bases.
I am with Lokasenna here.
So, just starting your AAR from the beginning. Thought to share how I play this type of thing.
"Can I work through the scenario IRL?"
So, in this is it ok for the US to bomb captured Dutch oil fields?
Yes, IIRC they actually did on a number of occasions.
Next, would they have bombed them Dec 9?
Maybe. I don't think I would bomb captive allied territory without at least telling them about it first, and MORE likely getting permission. Could I have gotten permission Dec 9? Theoretically yes. Encrypted message to embassy, ambassador meeting with Dutch Government in exile, encrypted response back. 48 hours best case with time zones. Ok, doable. Myself, I might have held off until Dec 15 or so. In my mind, I think it would take a day or two for the US to even contemplate bombing DEI assets, then at least 3 days to get a response, then the political approval issued internally, then the mission drawn up, and then finally launched. But that's me, and I play Andy AI.
So, no foul in my book. But, stretched a bit thin for me. Consequential? No. And if I thought so, which I don't but just to give an example of how I 'true' things up in game, I would simply run a couple of xAK's loaded with supply abeach near an IJ base replacing the lost IJ supply and slapping my wrist with the loss of a couple of xAK's.
Just my thoughts …
PS: great AAR so far.