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A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal,…

A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's…

by Anthony Summers

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While some may think the phrase "Draining the Swamp" is unique to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the fact is it could have as easily been applied to the occurrence and aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. There has been a lot written about this attack, what was known and when before, during and after, and by whom. While it is true that Kimmel and Short failed to do this and that, the fact remains the American people, through their elected representatives, failed to furnish the tools to the leaders of the Army and the Navy between November 11, 1918, and December 7, 1941. We thought we could legislate ourselves into safety if only other countries would leave us alone. "Manifest destiny" brought about a sense of purpose but one we would not fund. Beyond that, peace time spit & polish in the military created a situation where shining one's buckles had become more important than cleaning one's rifle. Form had triumphed over substance. Our military establishment became aware of Japanese codes despite the efforts of civilian leadership. When MAGIC came into our possession, it was treated as a possession rather than as a tool. The authors of this work certainly come down on the side of Admiral Kimmel and General Short for fairness sake although there is much to indicate they were the designated scapegoats. Now, 70 years after the fact, remedying the failure to treat these two men fairly is available if only a President would act ... so far, four have failed to act. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Dec 22, 2016 |
A heartbreaking tale of Admiral Husband Kimmel’s efforts as well as those of his family to clear his name of the public disgrace orchestrated by the US government over the fall of Pearl Harbor.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 7, 2016 |
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An account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the 'scapegoat' Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, the failure of the top brass in Washington to provide Kimmel with vital intelligence prior to the attack, and the continuing efforts of the family to have Kimmel formally exonerated.… (more)

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