In 1914 world-champion chess player Frank Marshall wrote a book about his controversial methods and tactics entitled, Marshall’s Chess “Swindles”. In the game, a swindle is a tactic whereby a player who is clearly losing makes a move or set of moves that is a ruse to trick his opponent, thereby gaining him a draw or a win. While Marshall took pride in his ability to swindle his opponents and became one of the only players to ever become known as a frequent swindler, chess masters I.A. Horwitz and Fred Reinfeld note that swindlers are, “…ignored in virtually all chess books”, but “play an enormously important role in over-the-board chess, and decide the fate of countless games”.
There’s another great swindle that is virtually ignored in all history books.
Yep, you heard me right. Pearl Harbor was a ruse. A well thought out gambit that President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to get the United States into the second World War.
Heresy! you scream. And of course you would. The centers of our indoctrination have told us since we were little that the Evil Imperial Japanese fleet surreptitiously attacked the U.S. Naval warships docked at Pearl Harbor without any provocation or reason other than to invade our shores. We have parades and commemorations of that “day of infamy.” Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer gave us a Twilight-esque two-boys-love-one-girl heart-string puller in May of 2001, just in time for the fireworks display in September to rouse the patriotic blood within our All-American veins. Yep. These people play the long game.
And they like you to know that they’re playing with you. Otherwise, things like the Freedom of Information Act wouldn’t exist. It only serves to give us the trail of bread crumbs to follow, after the official narrative has been well cemented and worn into the collective consciousness of every public-school-trained American for successive generations.
In a secret memo dated October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum laid out an eight-part plan to bait the Japanese into committing an overt act of war. Here is the introductory paragraph:
“It is not believed that in the present state of political opinion the United States government is capable of declaring war against Japan without more ado; and it is barely possible that vigorous action on our part might lead the Japanese to modify their attitude. Therefore the following course of action is suggested:
A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore
B. Make an arrangement with the Netherlands for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies
C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek
D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore
E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient
F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific, in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands
G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil
H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire
If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better. At all events we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war.”
Did you read the last couple of sentences? Emphasis is mine. And then there’s the audacity to close with “we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war.” Who is doing the accepting and the threatening? There’s no threat of war if we ain’t provoking it!
Images of, “if it weren’t for those meddling kids!” from Scooby-Doo pop unbidden into my head for some reason. Can you see the moves on the board more clearly now? Did you catch line-item F amongst the others? Dangle the fleet out in the harbor in Hawaii. Rook takes Queen.
But it’s a swindle.
And this is to say nothing about the embargoing of trade and colluding with Britain and the Dutch to hem Japan in on all sides or overtly sending warships into international waters and along trade routes. More bait.
The plan precisely lays the steps needed to essentially create a boa-constrictor motion around Japan and force their hand. The fact of the matter would be that the US had already then covertly declared war on Japan by its actions upon implementation of this plan but Japan just didn’t know it. The Japanese were just old fashioned, I guess. Ever read their war declaration that was published the same day as the Pearl Harbor attack?
WE, by the grace of Heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the throne occupied by the same dynasty from time immemorial, enjoin upon ye, Our loyal and brave subjects:
We hereby declare War on the United States of America and the British Empire. The men and officers of Our Army and Navy shall do their utmost in prosecuting the war. Our public servants of various departments shall perform faithfully and diligently their respective duties; the entire nation with a united will shall mobilize their total strength so that nothing will miscarry in the attainment of Our war aims.
To ensure the stability of East Asia and to contribute to world peace is the far-sighted policy which was formulated by Our Great Illustrious Imperial Grandsire [Emperor Meiji] and Our Great Imperial Sire succeeding Him [Emperor Taishō], and which We lay constantly to heart. To cultivate friendship among nations and to enjoy prosperity in common with all nations, has always been the guiding principle of Our Empire’s foreign policy. It has been truly unavoidable and far from Our wishes that Our Empire has been brought to cross swords with America and Britain. More than four years have passed since China, failing to comprehend the true intentions of Our Empire, and recklessly courting trouble, disturbed the peace of East Asia and compelled Our Empire to take up arms. Although there has been reestablished the National Government of China, with which Japan had effected neighborly intercourse and cooperation, the regime which has survived in Chungking, relying upon American and British protection, still continues its fratricidal opposition. Eager for the realization of their inordinate ambition to dominate the Orient, both America and Britain, giving support to the Chungking regime, have aggravated the disturbances in East Asia. Moreover these two Powers, inducing other countries to follow suit, increased military preparations on all sides of Our Empire to challenge Us. They have obstructed by every means Our peaceful commerce and finally resorted to a direct severance of economic relations, menacing gravely the existence of Our Empire. Patiently have We waited and long have We endured, in the hope that Our government might retrieve the situation in peace. But Our adversaries, showing not the least spirit of conciliation, have unduly delayed a settlement; and in the meantime they have intensified the economic and political pressure to compel thereby Our Empire to submission. This trend of affairs, would, if left unchecked, not only nullify Our Empire’s efforts of many years for the sake of the stabilization of East Asia, but also endanger the very existence of Our nation. The situation being such as it is, Our Empire, for its existence and self-defense has no other recourse but to appeal to arms and to crush every obstacle in its path.
The hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors guarding Us from above, We rely upon the loyalty and courage of Our subjects in Our confident expectation that the task bequeathed by Our forefathers will be carried forward and that the sources of evil will be speedily eradicated and an enduring peace immutably established in East Asia, preserving thereby the glory of Our Empire.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto set Our hand and caused the Grand Seal of the Empire to be affixed at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, this seventh day of the 12th month of the 15th year of Shōwa, corresponding to the 2,602nd year from the accession to the throne of Emperor Jimmu.
Again, emphasis mine.
But all is fair in love and war, right? I think that statement is only true for people who love war. And did you catch why McCollum had to suggest the plan in the first place? The present political climate. You see, clear into 1941 the American public was decidedly non-interventionist and isolationist. There was no appetite to get involved in another of Europe’s endless wars. Enough husbands, sons, brothers and fathers had already been lost in the preceding World War. And for what? Aviation hero Charles Lindbergh led the isolationist movement and a full 80 percent of Americans agreed with him if opinion polls from the time are to be believed.
It didn’t matter that Germany was winning on the European front, nor did it matter that her U-boats were sinking American ships in the Atlantic. And speaking of American ships in the Atlantic…did you know that some of them were warships? If we weren’t “in the war,” then why were our warships in international waters? More bait. But apparently not enough to get Joe Blow on Main Street in Mayberry, USA to bite.
Interestingly, several days before McCollum sent his memo to the leadership committee, Germany had made a mutual assistance treaty with Japan along with Italy. The Tripartite Pact was signed on September 27, 1940. If Japan made war on the U.S. it would trigger the provisions outlined in the Pact and thus the United States would be officially involved in World War II.
The day after the President received the memo he called the Commander of the U.S. Fleet, Admiral James Richardson to the White House and told him the plan. But there was a problem. The admiral was not down with using his sailors and ships as pawns. It wasn’t really a big deal for FDR though. He just fired Richardson and made a new knight. One Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was selected and promoted to a four-star admiral. He was given command of the fleet in Hawaii on February 1, 1941.
Throughout the remainder of 1941 all of the eight steps were implemented and put into action against Japan. The pièce de résistance was that the U.S. and her allies had already decrypted Japanese code for communications. This is another tidbit that was always vehemently denied in past times but has now been all but admitted. Heck, Life magazine knew about it in September 1945.
The Pearl Harbor attack was leaked to the U.S. intelligence officials long in advance. Japanese military strategists saw the dangling carrot and based on the squeeze play techniques being employed against them, they were bound to take it. Documents have shown that well over 1,000 Japanese military and diplomatic radio messages were intercepted and decrypted – per day. The contents were then summarized and sent via special courier directly to the White House.
Despite knowing the exact date of the attack – December 7, 1941 – intelligence reports were denied to Admiral Kimmel and General Short, another obscure army officer that was made a three-star general to play patsy, and were explicitly ordered to stand down and to remain in a defensive posture. They were told, “…the United States desires that Japan commit the first overt act.”
This order came straight from FDR.
Almost 2500 men, women and children were out and out used as pawns in a sick game of world domination. Japan was swindled. America was swindled. All just sacrifices on the altar of a New World Order. This is not to say that Japan or Germany or anyone else was not culpable. They too were playing the empire building game. The stakes were high. Winners get to redraw the maps, take control of new territory, make new nations out of whole cloth and assert financial dominance over everyone else.
Bretton Woods. Look that one up if you don’t already know. The beginning of the U.S. Dollar as reserve currency and the creation of the International Monetary Fund, for a start. It ended up starting the Cold War as well because we swindled Russia while we were at it, too.
I often wonder if the powers that should not be just revel in madness or if they truly believe that sacrificing thousands and millions of lives is worth it so that every blue-collar worker can have a white picket fence and a Cadillac in the driveway? While I find it hard to stomach the levels of depravity and the utter disregard for human life on display here, it shocks me more to learn that even when faced with the obvious, people at all levels still refuse to admit that the game is afoot and they are merely pawns. And not only that – they are content being a pawn. I guess that Caddy is too precious to lose.
I say this because the man who used the FOIA to find this information and blow the lid on it, Robert Stinnett, did so back in 1995, and still to this day, outside of his book Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor and his own testimony on a short C-SPAN news program, nobody knows about this. Or cares.
No media coverage. No retractions in Public School history books. No apologies to all of the sailors and others who were caught up in the subterfuge.
Admiral Kimmel—who took the brunt of the fall in the post-carnage aftermath of Pearl—had to be silently exonerated. In October of 2000, hidden in the omnibus provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that President Bill Clinton signed, were reversals of nine previous Pearl Harbor investigations and finds that Kimmel and Short were explicitly denied crucial military intelligence that was obtained by the Roosevelt Administration weeks before the attack.
Oh, and remember Jerry Bruckheimer? Before the Pearl Harbor movie came out, he was asked if FDR’s foreknowledge of the attack was going to be addressed in the script. His response: “That’s all bullshit.”
Hmm. How eloquent.
And in an even more sick twist, Mr. Stinnett himself places next to no blame on FDR. He believes that the president’s hands were tied so he just had to do what he had to do. That “all is fair in love and war” bit again. Stinnett quotes Commander Joseph Rochefort—a confidant of McCollum working alongside Kimmel in Hawaii—as saying, “It was a pretty cheap price to pay for unifying the country.” How rich, coming from the guy who was arguably the one withholding the intelligence from Kimmel.
In an interview conducted on the website independent.org, Stinnett is asked if he agrees with Rochefort’s statement because, the interviewer asserts, it would greatly anger and offend a lot of people. Stinnett replies, “A lot of people would not [approve], but I think under the circumstances this was FDR’s only option. And, of course, this was sort of used in the Vietnam War, you know. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was based on a provocation aimed at the North Vietnamese gunboats—something like that. That’s how President Johnson got The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed through Congress. There was a provocation.”
When pressed further about how—even though it’s a military strategy—the families of the people who get killed when that strategy is used should respond, Stinnett continues, “Oh, right. I know. Oh, when I speak about this with the families they just start crying about it, you know. They’re terribly upset…But you know, it was used by President Polk in the Mexican War of 1846. And also by President Lincoln at Fort Sumter, and then also, as I say, another example is Vietnam…”
What comfort. Sorry, ma’am but you can be proud that your son died participating in a splendid military strategy designed to trick the enemy into attacking us when they probably never would have in the first place and he’d be here with you now.
And here the truth is unveiled. The swindle is the preferred strategy of the U.S. Military, it seems, regardless of whether the enemy is foreign or domestic. And it’s indeed been used over and over again into our present in 2020. Just look around. We’ve all been swindled in more ways than one. See my paper on Oklahoma City or Noel’s excellent article on the Big H for just a couple examples.
At the end of the conversation the interviewer stresses that in our system of government, if FDR felt that it was an emergency and that we had to go to war with Germany to protect the United States, then he should have come before Congress and the American people and explained the situation and convinced them to declare war to defeat Hitler.
To which Mr. Stinnett responds, “Well, you see that was the problem. The strong isolation movement. Eighty percent of the people wanted nothing to do with Europe’s war. And, you know, German submarines were sinking our ships in the North Atlantic. That did not rouse the American public. Nobody gave a damn. The USS Ruben James was a destroyer that was sunk, and lost a hundred lives about a month before Pearl Harbor. And there were other ships, merchant ships, and other ships in the North Atlantic that were sunk or damaged. But no one cared about it. I think the American people thought that Roosevelt was trying to provoke us into the German war, or Europe’s war. They didn’t want anything to do with that. But, you see, Commander McCollum was brilliant. He fashioned this—it was a real PR job—he got Japan to attack us in a most outrageous manner that really did unite the country.”
You see? It’s always the common people who just want peace and to be left alone that are the problem. The psychopaths are the brilliant ones. Those who execute the plans are the heroes. Will of the people be damned. Constitution? Merely toilet paper. Congress? A hurdle easily cleared.
Stinnett only regrets what happened to Admiral Kimmel and General Short as far as FDR’s actions are concerned. The 3000+ dead and injured at Pearl? Merely a trifle. FDR had no other choice. Or so he believes.
When faced with the great “what if” question of ‘would Hiroshima and Nagasaki have happened if there was no Pearl’, Stinnett can only justify the actions because he was in the thick of combat at the time: “I think it was more really to bring a close to the war. You know, I was out there at the time, and, frankly, I…we were subject to kamikaze attacks, they were attacking our carriers, and about half of our carriers were knocked out as of July 1945, so, personally, I was very pleased with the atom bombing because that ended the war. It probably saved my life.”
Once again the forest is obscuring the trees. A life that is never wagered in a power struggle never needs to be saved.
And it’s probably just a coincidence that, when asked what led him to write about Pearl Harbor in the first place that his answer was, “Well I was in the navy in World War II. I was on an aircraft carrier. With George Bush, believe it or not.” Yeah, probably just a coincidence. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Probably also just a stretch of the imagination that the acronym for the Office of Naval Intelligence that Commander McCollum was a member of is ONI. In Japanese folklore an oni is a type of giant demonic creature. Traditionally they are of foreign origin, not from the native island and always with malicious intent. Oh the oni irony.
Is it also just irony that we buy German, Japanese and South Korean automobiles? How many of the articles of clothing in your closet were made in Vietnam? Probably just a coincidence too that the poppy flowers used to make the bulk of our painkillers like OxyContin and morphine come from Afghanistan. And you know where the oil comes from, but that’s probably neither here nor there…
Although out of context, I still feel it apropos to quote a verse from Ezekiel 22:
“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst, like a roaring lion tearing prey. They have devoured lives, they take wealth and valuables, they multiply widows in her midst.”
I feel like we should stay as far away from “they” as we can. Our very lives depend on it.
Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert Stinnett