In 1940, the American public wanted to stay out of World War II.  But we were in a Great Depression, with people dying on the streets of starvation.

And it seemed almost coincidental that the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  We, of course, were forced to retaliate as the attack killed 1400 of our service personnel stationed at Pearl Harbor.

In going to war against the Japanese, we also could join the Allies against Germany as the Japanese were allies of Germany.  And while fighting for freedom, war industries flourished, giving the United States an economic surge, the like of which had not been seen for years.  Suddenly where there had been no jobs, there were jobs for everyone - even jobs for the wives of service personnel.

But was the attack on Pearl Harbor a surprise?

Robert Stinnett, a historian who has, for 15 years, studied WW II government documents released in the 1980's and 1990's, discovered many interesting facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

According to these documents, Pearl Harbor was not a surprise at all but something orchestrated by FDR and his top advisors via a 8 point plan designed to annoy the Japanese enough to attack us.

Among the 8 strategies we apparently followed were:

  • illegally invading Japanese waters
  • freezing out trade with the Japanese

When the General stationed at Pearl Harbor found out about the 8 point Plan, he asked FDR to allow him to evacuate the 1400 American soldiers stationed at Pearl Harbor. His request was denied because it was thought that a mass evacuation would cause the American public to question what was going on and when the attack happened, they might connect the dots.

That General was relieved of his duty - sent elsewhere and another General who approved of the 8 point Plan was installed.

Stinnett also discovered radar tracings which show that the US government tracked the Japanese war ships all the way to Pearl Harbor.  Anytime during their foreknowledge of the attack, they could have evacuated the 1400 men but they did not.

In other words, the cost of the USA getting into WW II, the first cost, were the lives of 1400 American soldiers at Pearl Harbor.

To read more, obtain the following book - it has documentation from hundreds of newly released government documents:

Stinnett, Robert B: DAY OF DECEIT

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