Posted 10-24-2001 at 19:23:26
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Mike from all I have studied on tha subject I think there was acceptance of the attack.
I do believe also that FDR had no idea it would create that much damage.
Why would the B 17 s be delivered on Sunday? Remember this was peace time,only a very few people on duty.
Was it dumb luck that the radar crew assumed the Jap aircraft to be the 17 s?
True it was stupidity that the only person with a key to the ammo bunker was on the other side of the island spending the week end at home and with the key......
I know this first hand because after the war I served in that unit.
In 52 while in school at Ft Bliss We posed this question with replys available from Board 4. The answer was mosty "no comment" which We construed as meaning pretty muchly yep.
We know the code was broken,the Japanese messages were being monitered, leaving the only excuse as not knowing where They would hit. Logicaly where else?
FDR very badly needed a reason to declare war and an attack on US property would do it.
I doubt the absolute truth will ever be know,but in tha meantime-----------