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Annotated/edited by FM Duck
Thur Dec 9, 2010
If anybody still doubts whether President FDR purposely pushed the U.S. into
WW II, luring the Japanese government into attacking Pearl Harbor which he
purposely left vulnerable so as to ensure that the majority of Americans who
were against getting into WW II -- 87% -- would be “convinced,” read the
following declassified communications below.
Note how FDR’s socialist fiscal policies -- along with inflation by the
Federal Reserve -- drove America into the largest Recession ever and then,
with more and more governmental interventionist social programs, turned our
1930’s Recession into a full-fledged Depression. In short, FDR used WW II
to “solve” his self-created Depression.
Fast forward to the year 2010. FDR is President Barack Obama’s “hero” and
after continuing President Bush’s deficit spending and Middle
East War programs, Obama is now setting America up for WW III and dragging
us from our current Recession into a full-fledged Depression – just like his
hero, FDR, did 75 years ago.
Washington, DC -- Over two
thousand four hundred American sailors, soldiers and airmen were killed in
Pearl Harbor 69 years ago today (Dec 7). Had we had an equivalent of
WikiLeaks back in 1941, however, the course of history could have been very
different. FDR would have found it much more difficult to maneuvre the
country into being attacked in the Pacific in order to enable him to fight
the war in Europe, which had been his ardent desire all along.
One leak—just one!—almost
torpedoed Roosevelt’s grand design. In mid-1941 he incorporated the Army’s,
Navy’s and Air Staff’s war-making plans into an executive policy he called
“Victory Program,” effectively preparing America for war against Germany and
Japan regardless of Congressional opposition and the will of the people. His
intention was to lure public opinion into supporting the Program because the
increase in weapons production promised meant more jobs and a healthier
economy. A supporter of the America First Committee, Senator Burton K.
Wheeler, obtained a copy of the Victory Program, classified
Secret, from a source within the Air Corps,
and leaked it to two newspapers on December 4, 1941, the Chicago Tribune
(a serious newspaper back then) and the Washington Times-Herald
(long defunct). Vocal public opposition to the plan erupted immediately, but
ceased three days later, on December 7, 1941. Congress soon passed the
Victory Program with few changes. The Japanese performed on cue.
Imagine the consequences had
the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times-Herald
published a series of other leaks over the preceding few months, including
U.S. Embassy reports the signing of the Tripartite Pact,
the mutual assistance treaty between Germany, Italy, and Japan: “It offers
the possibility that Germany would declare war on America if America were to
get into war with Japan, which may have significant implications for U.S.
policy towards Japan.”
7 October 1940.
Having considered the implications of the Tripartite Pact, Lt. Cdr. Arthur
McCollum, USN, of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), suggests a
for provoking Japan into attacking the U.S., thus triggering the mutual
assistance provisions of the Tripartite Pact and finally bringing America
into war in Europe. The proposal called for eight specific steps
aimed at provoking Japan. Its centerpiece was keeping the U.S. Fleet in
Hawaii as a lure for a Japanese attack, and imposing an oil embargo against
Japan. “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war,
so much the better,” the memo concluded.
23 June 1941.
One day after Hitler’s attack on Soviet Russia, Secretary of the Interior
and FDR’s advisor Harold Ickes wrote a memo for the President, saying that
“there might develop from the embargoing of oil to Japan such a situation as
would make it not only possible but easy to get into this war in an
effective way. And if we should thus indirectly be brought in, we would
avoid the criticism that we had gone in as an ally of communistic Russia.”
22 July 1941.
Admiral Richmond Turner’s report states that “shutting off the American
supply of petroleum to Japan will lead promptly to the invasion of
Netherland East Indies: “[I]t seems certain [Japan] would also include
military action against the Philippine Islands, which would immediately
involve us in a Pacific war.”
24 July 1941.
President Roosevelt says, “If we had cut off the oil, they probably would
have gone down to the Dutch East Indies a year ago, and you would have had
war.” The following day he freezes Japanese assets in the U.S. and imposes
an oil embargo against Japan.
After meeting the President at the Atlantic Conference, Prime Minister
Winston Churchill noted the “astonishing depth of Roosevelt’s intense desire
for war.” PM is aware that FDR needs to overcome the isolationist resistance
to “Europe’s war” felt by most Americans and their elected representatives.
24 September 1941.
Having cracked the Japanese naval codes one year earlier, U.S. naval
intelligence deciphers a message from the Naval Intelligence Headquarters in
Tokyo to Japan’s consul-general in Honolulu, requesting grid of exact
locations of U.S. Navy ships in the harbor. Commanders in Hawaii are not
18 October 1941.
FDR’s friend and advisor Harold Ickes notes in his diary:
“For a long time I have believed that our best entrance into the war would
be by way of Japan.” Yet four days later opinion polls reveal that 74
percent of Americans opposed war with Japan, and only 13 percent supported
25 November 1941.
Secretary of War Stimson writes that FDR said an attack was likely within
days, and wonders
“how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot
without too much danger to ourselves… In spite of the risk involved,
however, in letting the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that in
order to have the full support of the American people it was desirable to
make sure that the Japanese be the ones to do this so that there should
remain no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who were the aggressors.”
26 November 1941.
Both US aircraft carriers, the Enterprise and the Lexington, are ordered out
of Pearl Harbor “as soon as possible”. The same order included stripping
Pearl of 50 planes, 40 percent of its already inadequate fighter protection.
26 November 1941.
State Hull demands the complete withdrawal of all Japanese troops from
and from China.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Grew says
this is “the document that touched the button that started the war.” The
Japanese reacted on cue: On December 1, final authorization was given by the
emperor, after a majority of Japanese leaders advised him the Hull Note
would “destroy the fruits of the China incident, endanger Manchukuo
and undermine Japanese control of Korea.”
Francisco, 1 December 1941.
Office of Naval Intelligence, ONI, 12th Naval District in San Francisco
found the Japanese fleet by correlating reports from the four wireless news
services and several shipping companies that they were getting signals west
of Hawaii. There are numerous
U.S. naval intelligence radio intercepts of the Japanese transmissions.
5 December 1941, 10 a.m.
President Roosevelt writes to the Australian Prime Minister that “the next
four or five days will decide the matters” with Japan.
5 December 1941, 5 p.m.
At Cabinet meeting, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox says, “Well, you know
Mr. President, we know where the Japanese fleet is?” FDR replied, “Yes, I
know … Well, you tell them what it is Frank.” Just as Knox was about to
speak Roosevelt appeared to have second thoughts and interrupted him saying,
“We haven’t got anything like perfect information as to their apparent
6 December 1941, 9 p.m.
At a White House dinner Roosevelt was given the first thirteen parts of a
fifteen part decoded Japanese diplomatic declaration of war and said, “This
means war!” he said to Harry Hopkins,
but did not interrupt the soiree and did not issue any orders to the
military to prepare for an attack.
As per that old cliché, the rest
(Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, an expert on foreign
affairs, is the author of The Sword of the Prophet
and Defeating Jihad. His latest book is
The Krajina Chronicle: A History of the Serbs in
Croatia, Alavonia and Dalmatia.)
-- FM Duck
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