Pearl Harbor – Scamming The US Into WWII?

USS Arizona

Pearl Harbor, 1941

07:53, December 7th.

2,403 Dead

1,178 Wounded

Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt allow the attack to take place?



Whilst the attack on Pearl Harbor seemed to take the U.S. Pacific Fleet by surprise, there are those that believe that President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was not only aware it was coming but, in fact, welcomed it.

By 1941 the US Administration was itching to get officially into World War II.

Prior to that date there are claims that suggest America was violating International Law and selling munitions to the Allies –

March 1941 – FDR sold munitions and convoyed them to belligerents in Europe — both acts of war and both violations of international law
Pearl Harbor, Mother of all conspiracies.

The sticking point, preventing Roosevelt committing troops and hardware to the war against Germany, however, was domestic public opinion.

Though the American public people were obviously aware of what was going on in Europe, they had no pressing reason to need, or want, to become involved.

Did Roosevelt therefore conclude that a major event, directly involving the American people, was required in order to sway their opinion and secure their backing for his war plans?


FDR wanted to pursue a war against Germany but knew that both his people and the Congress opposed such action.

Unable to entice Germany to declare war against the US, he may have seen a war with Japan as a means of getting into battle with Germany via the back door.

Germany, Japan and Italy were allied, via the Tripartite Pact and Axis Power articles.

This meant that if Japan and the US were at war with each other then Germany would surely enter the fray.


The US couldn’t be seen to be aggressors

With a war against Japan seemingly more possible than any sort of declaration from Germany, FDR would then have needed a way to bring such a conflict about.

With public opinion what it was, an openly aggressive move by the US would not have been politically wise, and may have even pushed public, and Congressional, opinion further off track.

Recently declassified NSA documents suggest that the Roosevelt administration had prior knowledge of an attack by the Japanese fleet, and that they may well have meticulously orchestrated events in order to ensure it.

As history shows, a surprise attack, by Japan against America, would immediately guarantee America’s entry into World War II.

‘Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war.’
Olivier Lyttleton, MP, Minister of Production, 1944

Just 4 days later, as predicted, Germany upheld their end of the Tripartite Pact and declared war on the US.

‘For a long time I have believed that our best entrance into the war would be by way of Japan.’
Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, October 1941.


Robert B. Stinnett, a World War II Navy veteran and author of ‘Day of Deceit : The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor’ has obtained numerous relevant documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

In his book, Stinnett claims that Roosevelt’s plan to provoke Japan into a conflict began with a memorandum from Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

The memorandum contained 8 actions that were thought to be key in leading Japan into attacking the United States.

‘If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better.’
Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum

Ultimately, Roosevelt utilised all 8 of McCollum’s provocative steps and more besides.

‘We face the delicate question of the diplomatic fencing to be done so as to be sure Japan is put into the wrong and makes the first bad move – overt move.’
Diary entry – Secretary of War Henry Stimson, October 16th, 1941

Admiral J.O. Richardson, the fleet’s commander, flew to Washington in 1940 in order to protest the President’s decision to permanently base the fleet in Hawaii, rather than on the West Coast which had always been the more usual location.

Richardson was concerned as Pearl Harbor was extremely vulnerable to attack – US air force exercises had simulated the total destruction of the fleet in that locale a few years previously.

Richardson was almost immediately relieved of his command.

Richardson’s replacement, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel soon found himself on the outside looking in as he and his army counterpart, General Walter C. Short, were left out of the communication process.

Without a ‘Purple’ decoding machine, Pearl relied upon Washington to unscramble Japanese radio traffic and then feed it back to them.

During wars, spies attempt to get everywhere and report on just about anything of significance.

This would have included ship movements in and around Pearl Harbor.

However, when, on October 9, 1941, the War Department decoded a dispatch asking for Pearl Harbor to be divided into five specific areas, along with exact ship locations, and for coordinates to be added to that grid, then any military man should have understood the significance.

Applying coordinates to a grid serves one purpose – target pinpointing, in readiness for an attack.

This information was never passed onto Kimmel or Short.


Did FDR scam his own people into a war they weren’t looking for?

If so, was the death of so many servicemen necessary for the greater good of America and the free world?


Was Pearl Harbor simply an outrageous surprise attack by the warmongering Japanese, undertaken of their own volition, without any political skulduggery by the US?

What do you think?

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  1. colin wilson says:

    Many people think the same thing may have happened when the twin towers were attacked. This galvanized puplic opinion to justify an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq. Sounds crazy but over a 1000 Structural Engineers, Architects and other construction proffesionals don’t believe the official story:

  2. As seen from past history, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Read up on Korea War, Anglo-Mexican war, even the most recent Iraq. It’s amazing how many history classes still teach the fable side of history.

  3. Oh this is deep. I think it may be possible maybe more so today but I am not sure. It would have been a good tactic but to let your own servicemen die? Hmmmm.

  4. I’ve never heard this one before.

    And an American president deceiving the people to wage a war they don’t want – appalling – I can’t imagine such a thing ever happening 😉

    • Do you believe that Pearl Harbor was a situation that could have been allowed to happen with the President’s full knowledge?

      Considering modern parallels, I do.

    • Read “Day of Deceit,” by Robert Stinnett & you may change your mind. But Stinnett was not the first to discover this, as even the Chief of Naval Intelligence throughout WW2 came to precisely the same conclusion. See “And I Was There,” by Admiral Edwin Layton.

      “The Truth About Pearl Harbor” (1944), & “The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor” (1945), by John T. Flynn were the first exposés. Flynn was a respected liberal journalist for The New Republic.

      Our government was saturated by clandestine Soviet agents of influence as Stalin needed America’s wealth & power to achieve his goals in Asia & Europe, and he couldn’t have accomplished them without America’s help. Those agents helped to shape FDR’s foreign & domestic policies. See “Stalin’s Secret Agents,” by Evans & Romerstein.

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