WIDER ROAD TO PERDITION
By Lt. Col. Joe Kress
August 16, 2014
Early in 1941, Admiral Richardson, about to be relieved of his command of the Pacific Fleet because of opposition to President Roosevelt's insistence that the fleet remain stationed at Pearl Harbor, complained to Admiral Stark, Under Secretary of Defense against an Air Attack. He also complained that there did not appear to be any practical way of placing torpedo buffers or nets within the harbor to protect ships against torpedo planes without limiting the larger ships and the landing and take-off of patrol squadrons. (Re: John Toland Infamy...Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. (Page 262)
Early in 1940, Japan was engaged in a major war against China and already occupied Manchuria. and fuel for its military machines and scrap metal from the United states was critically needed to melt down and convert to the weapons of war. The intelligence operations within the War Department in prior years was aware of the possibility of war by Japan's imperial forces, mainly by air as a first strike.
Commander Isorku Yamamoto was serving in 1925 as naval attaché when the novel The War between Japan and America was published and sold 40,000 copies and became required reading for Japan's officer corps. Yamamoto was impressed because he also read an imaginary history written in 1909 by a Chinese General that crushed the Manchu dynasty exposing Japan's plans to conquer the United States. Homer Lea's The Valor of Ignorance inspired certain American military circles who foresaw a preventive war against Japan and created attack tactic plans as a result. The plans were presented to Roosevelt for possible approval, but he instructed that they be archived in case of an attack. (Note: source Infamy)
By 1940, Admiral Yamamoto was Commander in Chief of Japan's Combined Fleet. He knew the United States like the back of his hand having studied at Harvard University from 1919-1921 and was posted as an attaché twice which allowed him to travel the U.S extensively and to learn American customs and business practices. He warned the Imperial Staff not to attack the U.S., a sleeping giant, which caused him to receive death threats and many enemies within the ranks of both Japan's Navy and Army elite. In any case, he on December 6th 1941 directed the successful air attack on Pearl Harbor which was to the White House insiders not so sneaky since they were aware of the approximate time the attack was to occur because of continuous intelligence communiqués that especially General Marshall never admitted as to having received them. The U.S. Army Signal Intelligence Service, had decrypted a message from Tokyo to Council Kita which showed the division of Pearl Harbor into 5 areas and asking for the exact location of Kimmell's warships and carriers. Both army and navy intelligence offices in Washington guessed this could be a grid system for bombers to attack. They urged that Kimmel and Short be warned, but their superiors would not allow this.
British double agent, code name "Tricycle' sent a message to the FBI that contained a detailed plan of Japan's intended air attack on Pearl Harbor, obtained by the Germans. The message was relayed in the fall of 1941, four months before the attack. It was Admiral Kimmel, Fleet Commander, and General Short in charge of the of the Army in the Pacific could have used the intelligence information that was available to President Roosevelt and his close advisors both civilian and military.
It was President Roosevelt who stated that the United States would not be first to establish an offensive war against Japan, since the United States history and its people were never aggressors. (Not to mention that the citizens of the U.S were in no mood to enter another war so soon after the one in 1918.)
But go back to mid November of 1941 when Roosevelt decided that the United States would no longer sell oil or scrap metal to Japan and placed Japan in the position that it must have access to South East Asia to replenish what the United States no longer would provide. It was clearly a provocative move with the expected response. It is generally believed invasion by the Japanese forces into South East Asia, Singapore, Sumatra, Malaysia, Thailand, Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and the islands was on 7/8 December 1941, although inroads were being made as early as 1933 the immediate declaration of war by the Japanese was the result of Roosevelt's embargo.
According to congressional select committees investigating the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1946-47, the minority Party on the committee had serious doubts about General Marshall's lack of memory as to why messaging from intelligent sources in the Pacific were never received by the Pentagon or at the White House. The messages to the commanders in Hawaii were never received for no good reason. It was brought to light concerning why the two commanding officers in charge of the army and naval forces stationed in Hawaii were unaware of message traffic that could have alerted them of the attack. Army intelligence had broken the Japanese code and was monitoring Japanese spies' messaging located both in the Continental U.S. and throughout the Pacific. Messages were regularly sent to Japanese intelligence command located in Tokyo. The Japanese battle plan was already in the hands of U,S. Army Intelligence.
Army intelligence, using what was called the Purple Code deciphering top secret encrypted messages should have been provided access to both General Short and Admiral Kimmel, but Short, even if he had the encoded messages, did not have security access to them and Kimmel was totally unaware of its existence. The committees discovered that the secret Japanese coded message "East Wind rain" was hand carried to Roosevelt in the White House, the night of December 6, 1941 by a Navy commander who reported to the Committee that the President was calm and simply stated "This means war." Could he have been aware that Pearl Harbor was to be attacked in the morning? Maybe not, but he did know that the only real way to obtain America's support for war was by such a major sacrifice and war was therefore inevitable.
The final court case to clear General Short and Admiral Kimmel was resolved, long after they were reduced in rank and deceased. On May 25, 1999 the United States Senate passed a resolution exonerating Kimmel and Short. "They were denied vital intelligence that was available in Washington, " said Senator William Roth Jr (R-DE), noting that they had been made scapegoats by the Pentagon. Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) called Kimmel and Short "the two final victims of Pearl Harbor" But the horrible price our country paid in blood and treasure can never really be recovered.
The development of scientific research and proof of America's capacity to meet the challenges of war translated into great optimism for the future and marked a miraculous change from the days of the "Great Depression."
As to the recovery of Europe, the agony and sell-out to Stalin's merciless treatment of refugees who fled to the West for protection from the Communist tyrant was as disgusting as it was unpardonable. What Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill agreed to at Yalta that allowed Soviet hegemony to remain in Poland and other Eastern European countries became a traitorous stain on America's history. Stalin was granted territorial concessions that outlined punitive measures against Germany, including an occupation and reparations in principle. Stalin did guarantee that the Soviet Union would declare war on Japan within six months. The hoards of eastern European refugees who fled the Soviet advancing armies were at the end forced by our military and allied forces to return to Soviet held territories where most ended up in Soviet gulags in Siberia as slave labor to be starved and beaten to death.
The French were as harsh as our own death camps as revealed in the book Burnt Offerings: After the Germans surrendered to the Allies in May of 1944, millions of German soldiers were rounded up and enclosed in barbed wire camps in the American sector under direct orders of General Eisenhower. They were called disarmed enemy, many were really children as young as 11 and 12 years old who were caught up in the dying days of Hitler's Reich carrying rifles as long as they were tall The French also had their prisoners interned in areas as severe as were the American Camps. This meant nothing to Eisenhower and his bosses (Roosevelt, Morgenthau, and Truman). The death camps were used in their reasoning for revenge: SS camps at Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka, Solibar, Belzec, Chelmmo, an Barkenau where dead corpses were strewn behind barbed wire mainly because of starvation. The Germans were without food as were the inmates. This was injustice without mercy and the men who imprisoned these weary, starving ruminants of war, the DEFs, were considered by the White House to be less than human. Hundreds of thousands of these men standing or sitting or laying in freezing mud in open fields. Family members of these men would come with food and water, but were driven away by Allied soldiers with machine guns. Former soldiers were to live their last days in unsheltered enclosures in soupy mud and excrement without food, water or shelter. Within a few weeks, between one and two million men were in various stages of dying.
General Patton, upon capturing DEF soldiers released them to return home, but Eisenhower ordered him to round them up, but it was too late... was General Patton's response. The British were lenient with their DEFs and released them early on to return to their homes. Patton on his way home for a well earned retirement was involved in a suspicious auto accident with a 10 wheeler army truck. He was hospitalized and recovering then mysteriously died suddenly from unexplained injuries. No autopsy was performed. There is a book titled Killing Patton, author Bill O'Rilley, which states that his death was under mysterious circumstances because of what he may reveal what he knew about his war-time experiences that could affect high office holders.
PRESIDENT TRUMAN, KOREA, THE UNDECLARED WAR
It was just about 5 years after the end of WW II when North Korea invaded South Korea where several hundred American troops were positioned. President Truman (1945- 1953) was deeply involved in the cold war as the Berlin Airlift , yet the Soviets were in their arms build-up. Another war in June 1950 seriously added to his troubles when the North Koreans invaded South Korea. Korea was what the American people didn't need or want. Inflation soared. In fact, they were still recovering from the affects of WW II and attitudes were sourer. The National Guard was called up to replace the millions of military that were discharged after WW II and, conscription was easy because all males 18 and over were required to register ever since the beginning of WW II, Korea's problem ushered in a new batch of 18 year old recruits to be soon rushed to the battle front in a land few ever heard existed. On June 28, 1950 Truman ordered U.S Armed forces into action. The fighting was to last for more than three years and the loss of more than 54,000 troops. Chinese Communist forces entered the war and inflected serious losses on the UN Army of which a major portion were Americans.
In Truman's first term, soon after being sworn in, he was asked to make his first presidential decision. Would the organizational meeting of the United Nations still be held in San Francisco as planned on April 25th? Yes, came the answer. According to Truman's auto-biography... "I did not hesitate a second." In June the United Nations Charter was agreed to. Early in July, he sailed for Europe aboard U.S.S. Augusta to meet with Churchill and Stalin at Potsdam, Germany.
During the meeting he received word of the first successful atomic test and on the way home, he was informed that the first bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima and devastating results August 5th. Four days later, a second A-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. On August 14, Japan surrendered. Within three months Truman signed off on the U.S. as a member of the UN, agreed to the condition of Potsdam and signed off to use the A-bomb. A busy three months indeed, but the price to be paid affected the course of history, and not for the good of mankind.
On 14 May 1948, Harry Truman was first to declare recognition of The State of Israel and in doing so the yoke of supporting the state of Israel in perpetuity, so long as American blood, tears, treasury and Zionists remain in the House, Senate and at the seat of government. Truman's legacy also placed the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress and our entire military complex under the command of the United Nations during the Korean non-declared war.
Next: Part 6 - THE UNITED NATIONS FLAWED AND FRADULENT
To be continued....
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