Pearl Harbor

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    Seek professional help. Your college programming needs to be erased so you can enjoy the greatest nation in the world.
     
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    I don't believe any of these conspiracy theories. At that moment our military was in no shape to fight anyone and if the Japanese had landed large forces on the West coast our own military was sure we couldn't stop them before the Mississippi. And our Pacific fleet was the only real power we had in the entire Pacific, it wouldn't have been sacrificed, especially the carriers.

    And we certainly would have gotten into the war a lot sooner. Germany attacked Britain in summer 1940 and we let them fight alone for a year and a half.
     
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    Remembering Pearl Harbor.

    The attack on Pearl Harbor was tactically brilliant on the Japanese side and very successful relatively speaking. They sank 21 ships and caused a lot of damage for sure, but they missed the fuel dumps which was critical in the coming months.

    But the idea that Japan could defeat the US in a real drawn out war was folly on the part of the Japanese military. Even in 1940 the Japanese ship building budget was 1/10th of the US ship building budget. This before the US was in the war. Add to it the gigantic US industrial capability and Japan had no chance. Yamamoto told the high command in Japan that fighting the US would be like fighting the entire world. That once US industry was ramped up on a war footing there was no beating America at war. And he was right. Six months after Pearl Harbor the Battle of Midway, with the sinking of four Japanese aircraft carriers with the loss of one US carrier, ended Japan's military expansion and dominance of the Pacific Ocean for good. Of the 21 ships sunk at Pearl Harbor 18 were refloated and repaired.

    It is a little difficult to see how the heads of the military in Japan ever thought they could win a war with the US. But men hellbent on conquest rarely see with clarity do they.
     

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