Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. Here are Pat Buchanan’s thoughts on that event and its aftermath. It is a powerful column. In typical Buchanan style he makes his case using short staccato sentences that simply lay out facts. Opinion you can argue about. Facts you can’t.
Whether or not FDR had foreknowledge of the attack is much debated. That he intentionally tried to provoke a Japanese first strike should not be. He did. The facts are clear. FDR wanted war with Japan, and he wanted a backdoor into the war in Europe. As the Buchanan article shows, he rebuffed Japan’s repeated, almost frantic, attempts to avoid war because he didn’t want to avoid war. He needed a Japanese first strike to goad a recalcitrant public into accepting a war they did not want, and he got what he wished for.
This isn’t to excuse Japan for a treacherous sneak attack, and they were behaving in an imperialistic manner themselves which is what was alarming the US to begin with, but as with so much else, it wasn’t our fight and we should have minded our own business.