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From the NYT, Dec 6, 08.

"It has remained one of World War II’s most enduring mysteries, one that resonated decades later after Sept. 11: Who in Washington knew what and when before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941?

Specifically, who heard or saw a transcript of a Tokyo shortwave radio news broadcast that was interrupted by a prearranged coded weather report? The weather bulletin signaled Japanese diplomats around the world to destroy confidential documents and codes because war with the United States, the Soviet Union or Britain was beginning ..."

See story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/us/07 ... ml?_r=1&em
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I just returned from listening to a Pearl Harbor survivor tell his tale.
 
Won't be long and they will be gone or won't remember.
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... Won't be long and they will be gone or won't remember.

I'm surprised they can still remember now.

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Hard to say, radio broadcast or not, it is at least reasonable to belive that some in the government knew that an attack would happen some where.

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Tora! Tora! Tora! got me thinking about the possibility that senior officials in the USA government were aware of the coming attack. The first conspiracy movie perhaps? [:(]

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It is certainly true that American military and political leaders were expecting a possible attack in the near future, but nobody thought the Japanese could pull off an attack so far east. The Phillipines was the concensus target. Of course, we were caught with our pants down there as well.

I agree that the New Deal was a failure and Rosevelt did feel that America would eventually need to enter the war, but I simply refuse to believe that there was some conspiracy to let the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in order ease American entry into the war. It absolutely makes no sense. Would Americans have been less inclined to war if America had been prepared at PH and dealt the Japanese a stunning setback? Of course not. There would still have been a war and we would have entered it in much better shape. I also don't believe such a secret could be kept secret for so long. I await proof of such a conspiracy.
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ORIGINAL: Arinvald
I also don't believe such a secret could be kept secret for so long.

It depends on who's keeping the secret and for whom it's being kept. [;)]
ORIGINAL: Arinvald
I await proof of such a conspiracy.

There's a documentary called Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor that details a conspiracy of sorts which involved the UK/Churchill. The documentary indicated that "they" were aware of the attack and limited dissemination of this knowledge believing that the actions of the Japanese would draw the USA into the war against Germany. The story dovetails nicely with the inaccessibility of George Marshall in the twelve hours before that attack, itself. Who knows?

I would note, however, that there's a lot of apparently "believable" work that's been done about 9/11 that is 100% fiction, and the creators will occasionally acknowledge it as such. It's simply propaganda.

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Yes, it is absolutely true that the US expected Japanese aggression somewhere, but they were looking at the Philippines and other targets; they weren't expecting Pearl Harbor.
 
Anybody who thinks the US goverment knew the Japs were going to hit Pearl and ignored it on purpose is willing to discard reliable, overwhelming evidence in favor of assertions that have no basis in fact.  Back when I was a lawyer, I wanted people like that on my jury if I had a really bad case.  If I had a really good case, I didn't want those kinds of folks - I looked for those who actually knew how to weigh evidence and come to rational conclusions.
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Yes, it is absolutely true that the US expected Japanese aggression somewhere, but they were looking at the Philippines and other targets; they weren't expecting Pearl Harbor.

Prior to Pearl Harbour the US army/air force was concentrating all their new equipment, including B-17's, in the Philippines. Too bad they put MacArthur in charge there and that he kept the modern aircraft within striking range of bombers from Japan proper resulting in their loss on the ground. And that was *after* Pearl Harbour so he knew an attack was imminent. Most overrated US WWII general in my eyes.

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ORIGINAL: sterckxe
ORIGINAL: Canoerebel
Yes, it is absolutely true that the US expected Japanese aggression somewhere, but they were looking at the Philippines and other targets; they weren't expecting Pearl Harbor.

Prior to Pearl Harbour the US army/air force was concentrating all their new equipment, including B-17's, in the Philippines. Too bad they put MacArthur in charge there and that he kept the modern aircraft within striking range of bombers from Japan proper resulting in their loss on the ground. And that was *after* Pearl Harbour so he knew an attack was imminent. Most overrated US WWII general in my eyes.

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Man, those guys had been on garrison duty too long. The fact that a war with the Axis Powers was underway had totally escaped many of the top-brass. Too much golf and not enough attention to minding the store?
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ORIGINAL: Prince of Eckmühl
ORIGINAL: sterckxe
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Yes, it is absolutely true that the US expected Japanese aggression somewhere, but they were looking at the Philippines and other targets; they weren't expecting Pearl Harbor.

Prior to Pearl Harbour the US army/air force was concentrating all their new equipment, including B-17's, in the Philippines. Too bad they put MacArthur in charge there and that he kept the modern aircraft within striking range of bombers from Japan proper resulting in their loss on the ground. And that was *after* Pearl Harbour so he knew an attack was imminent. Most overrated US WWII general in my eyes.

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Man, those guys had been on garrison duty too long. The fact that a war with the Axis Powers was underway had totally escaped many of the top-brass. Too much golf and not enough attention to minding the store?

Yup, but while admiral Kimmel and <name of army guy escapes me - Short ?> were dismissed over Pearl Harbour, the even more criminally mismanaged Philippines defence was glossed over. Then the guy ran away from his command and was heralded as a hero ??? Must have been that the US was short of heroes/good news at the time because if I were FDR I would have *ordered* MacArthur to stay where he was.

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I don't understand why some of you feel that the New Deal was a failure. I have no doubt that parts of the New Deal were failures but I would not lump all the New Deal's programs into one basket and declare the entire thing a failure. Would you declare Social Security to be a failure? I certainly wouldn't. There are a number of other New Deal programs that still exist today. Would they still be around 70+ years if they were failures?

As for the topic of this thread, I can neither confirm nor deny its accuracy.
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ORIGINAL: Yogi the Great

Hard to say, radio broadcast or not, it is at least reasonable to belive that some in the government knew that an attack would happen some where ...

Back in the 30's Col Mitchell said Japan would attack PH; the US promptly apologized.
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I *think* that the USN also wargamed the scenario in the 1930s.

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I *think* that the USN also wargamed the scenario in the 1930s.

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Like when the IJN "wargamed" Midway?

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ORIGINAL: Joe D.
Like when the IJN "wargamed" Midway?

I dunno, but the fact that they wargamed it suggests that an attack wasn't inconceivable.
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ORIGINAL: Prince of Eckmühl

ORIGINAL: sterckxe
ORIGINAL: Canoerebel
Yes, it is absolutely true that the US expected Japanese aggression somewhere, but they were looking at the Philippines and other targets; they weren't expecting Pearl Harbor.

Prior to Pearl Harbour the US army/air force was concentrating all their new equipment, including B-17's, in the Philippines. Too bad they put MacArthur in charge there and that he kept the modern aircraft within striking range of bombers from Japan proper resulting in their loss on the ground. And that was *after* Pearl Harbour so he knew an attack was imminent. Most overrated US WWII general in my eyes.

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Eddy Sterckx

Man, those guys had been on garrison duty too long. The fact that a war with the Axis Powers was underway had totally escaped many of the top-brass. Too much golf and not enough attention to minding the store?

So there's both sides of the discussion, a conspiracy to draw the US into the war or blind, inexcusable negligence in hindsight.


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ORIGINAL: Joe D.
ORIGINAL: Yogi the Great

Hard to say, radio broadcast or not, it is at least reasonable to belive that some in the government knew that an attack would happen some where ...

Back in the 30's Col Mitchell said Japan would attack PH; the US promptly apologized.


It's a huge embarassment that Mitchell was so ignored until after he managed to bomb Tokyo.
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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.

"Why" fly aircraft into the financial centre of the USA, crashing the economy and the airlines business just before embarking on a major war. Then blame it all on Afghanistan because you want to fight Iraq?
"Why not" foil the plot by having armed guards on the planes?

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.
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Thanks for the link Joe.

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