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Old 05-17-2019, 03:18 PM
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They imagined giving the US enough of a setback that Japan could consolidate its gains sufficiently that the US would then decline to strike back. I've also read that they underestimated the US industrial potential because in 1941 so much of that potential was unused due to the continuing effects of the Depression.
I've read that the Japanese thought that, to secure access to rubber and other South Pacific resources, war with the U.S. was inevitable, and that their only chance of winning that war was a crippling surprise attack. What's more, had they destroyed the fuel reserves at Pearl Harbor the American ability to strike back would have been much weaker. That oversight -- combined with only destroying a few ships and not the entire fleet in Pearl at the time -- doomed them from the start.
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