Enjoy your holidays and come back refreshed.
Then think again about Pearl Harbour—
Shortly before the Japanese attack, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stark (one of the 34 Americans in on the plot) ordered Kimmel to dispatch his aircraft carriers with a large escort to deliver planes to Wake and Midway Islands. “On orders from Washington, Kimmel left his oldest vessels inside Pearl Harbor and sent twenty-one modern warships, including his two aircraft carriers, west toward Wake and Midway… With their departure the warships remaining in Pearl Harbor were mostly 27-year-old relics of World War I.” That is, the battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor and their crews were used as decoys. [152-154]
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or not. This affair is now, after all, simply ancient history.
It’s all very well and good to drag it out on Veterans’ Day, and have a dewy-eyed weepfest complete with muffled drums and bugles blaring, stout-hearted men with bayonets fixed etc etc ad gloriam … but of course, completely irrelevant to today’s modern world. No?
It all turned out alright in the end anyway—the good guys won. The maps were redrawn more to our liking, the slit-eyed savages were put firmly in their place, and
Britannia (oops) Uncle Sam rules the waves.
I’M CURRENTLY READING AN INTERESTING
book on Pearl Harbour. Thus far no mention has been made of advance knowledge, although the author seems a bit suspicious about the carriers being relocated out of harm’s way just prior. A good call, as it turned out—but what might they (the US administration and the nice folks in charge) have done instead (or also) —had they actually thought about it? You know, that little bit of consideration for the pawns as if they were actually people?
What would I have done, if in charge and privy to some of the secrets?
IN RETROSPECT AND ANALYSIS—
what were those beloved ‘leaders’ trying to achieve?
History tells us they were trying to get the Japs (don’t fret, you were allowed to call ’em Japs in those days*) to hang themselves. Which they duly did—
—at a cost to the US of half a dozen obsolescent battleships, a few windows broken in town and a ruined Sunday. Oh … and a couple of thousand deceased grunts/gobs (but hey, ya can’t make an omelette without bustin’ a few eggs, ya know what I mean?).
IF THE JAPS HAD
gone ahead and ‘surprise’ attacked, and been surprised in turn whilst doing so … dropping a few bombs (just one would have sufficed) and causing some damage—any damage—the US administration would still have scored its points. No? They didn’t have to leave the fleet wide open and defenceless. Now let me say that again, it is important: They didn’t have to leave the fleet wide open and defenceless.
SO ALL WELL AND GOOD
to have shifted the modern ships and carriers off to somewhere safe—a wise call, given that in port a sitting carrier is a sitting duck. But why the hell not tell the whole fleet (and the local military, and air) to get steam up and close down fully for action: weapons manned & ready, ammo at hand, watertight bits and pieces closed and clipped etc etc such that the incoming attack flies into swarms of grumpy fighters and a truly awesome cloud of flak?
RATHER THAN REVEAL
that the Japanese codes had been broken (which a Japanese admiral might reasonably conclude from such an unexpected hot reception) why not subtly hint to the media immediately after that the attacking fleet had been spotted by a submarine which cleverly eluded detection?
BUT IT’S ALL ANCIENT HISTORY
now. Conjecture. Although good clean wholesome fun, such conjecture doesn’t convey my message—which is the observation that over two thousand lives were casually thrown away at the time; and the careers of two fine
scapego officers demolished to preserve the illusion that the US government and leadership wanted.
Who can ever trust US leadership?
I maintain that the desired ends would have been better achieved, and without giving the game away, if the
decoy ducks fleet had been at general quarters when the Japanese arrived, and combat air established and patrolling downstream out of sight in radio silence. Same apparent situation, same political results, but entirely different local outcome.
I salute your fighting men
but I spit on the unthinking ruthless shadows pulling your strings from safely behind the scenes—and their willing puppets.
Meanwhile the beat goes on, the beat goes onnnnnn … …
* Tut! (Honestly, some people~!) They also called them Nips … as bad as calling the nice folks who gave us Belsen ‘Krauts’ …