Today lives in infamy, but not for the reasons you’ve been told. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, exactly 68 years ago today, was not an unprovoked, dastardly assault on an unsuspecting nation. It was a carefully orchestrated trap, engineered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR’s purpose was to overcome domestic opposition to America’s involvement in the European war thousands of miles from the Pacific isles.
A tri-party agreement between Japan, Germany and Italy, executed one year earlier, gave Roosevelt the key he needed to get into Europe through the “back door.” The agreement stipulated that a war against any one of the parties would be considered to be a war against all three.
These facts would still be buried in the dustbin of history but for some sixteen years of work by author Robert Stinnett, uncovering and examining documents under the Freedom of Information Act. His eventual book on the subject is entitled Day of Deceit.
Because of the controversial nature of the information uncovered, Stinnett’s findings were subjected to considerable scrutiny before being endorsed and promoted by the Independent Institute of Washington, D.C., an organization that sponsors studies by top scholars on major policy issues.
The Independent Institute has a reputation for adhering to high standards in its pursuit of the truth, regardless of public opinion, political implications or social considerations.
It’s an indisputable fact of history that, prior to Pearl Harbor, Americans were very much against getting involved in “Europe’s war.” The isolationist movement was spearheaded by, among others, the Hearst newspaper chain, Henry Ford, the American hero Charles Lindbergh, and many of the nation‘s business and financial leaders, including Prescott Bush, grandfather of ex-President George W. Bush.