Pearl Harbor as History

All:  This is a spinoff (short hopefully), from a recent blog thread on Alan Zimm's Pearl Harbor book.

Based on some of things written by Will ONeil, Roger Brown, Tom Wildenberg, et al. it seems there is a need to update the original classic on this sort of thing re: Pearl Harbor and Japan's widening of the Greater East Asian War.  This classic was: 

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Morison and Fletcher's Reputation

Morison, in volume 3 of his HIstory of U.S. Naval Opertions in WWII, was highly critcal of Fletcher's abortive attemp to relieve Wake, going so far as to suggest that Fletcher should have made a 20-knot run in without his destroyers (which needed to be refuelded).  As I wrote in Gray Steel and Black Oil:

Re: Father of the US Navy?

Sounds like the US Navy had many fathers over the first few decades of American independence. But I'll go a bit further with regard to Thomas Jefferson -- he was worse than a "land-lubber," he was an epic cheapskate when it came to funding for national defense. His "Jeffersonian Republican" followers were just as bad: during the War of 1812 they dominated Congress, and were very enthusiastic about going to war with Great Britain but amazingly reluctant to pay for it.


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