terça-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2004

John T. Flynn

John T. Flynn era um anti-intervencionista e fez parte da oposição ao New Deal e do America First Committee (que se dissolveu logo após Pearl Harbor). Hoje sabemos que Roosevelt serviu os propósitos de Estaline (para não falar da introdução do socialismo na América e o princípio do fim de um estrito federalismo), e que a sua administração, tal como o Senador Joseph Mccarthy (sim, esse mesmo e que disse coisas como "Traitors are not gentlemen, my good friends. They don't understand being treated like gentlemen" ) intuiu, estava pejada de comunistas e até espiões (em especial, o seu secretário que empurrou o resultado de Yalta). Em Outubro de 1945, John T. Flynn escrevia The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor, ficam as conclusões (escreveu também vários livros, entre os quais, The Roosevelt Myth):

"1. By January l, 1941, Roosevelt had decided to go to war with Japan.

2. But he had solemnly pledged the people he would not take their sons to foreign wars unless attacked. Hence he dared not attack and so decided to provoke the Japanese to do so.

3. He kept all this a secret from the Army and Navy.

4. He felt the moment to provoke the attack had come by November. He ended negotiations abruptly November 26 by handing the Japanese an ultimatum which he knew they dared not comply with.

5. Immediately he knew his ruse would succeed, that the Japanese looked upon relations as ended and were preparing for the assault. He knew this from the intercepted messages.

6. He was certain the attack would be against British territory, at Singapore perhaps, and perhaps on the Philippines or Guam. If on the Philippines or Guam he would have his desired attack. But if only British territory were attacked could he safely start shooting? He decided he could and committed himself to the British government. Rut he never revealed this to his naval chief.

7. He did not order Short to change his alert and he did not order Kimmel to take his fleet out of Pearl Harbor, out where it could defend itself, because he wanted to create the appearance of being completely at peace and surprised when the Japs started shooting. Hence he ordered Kimmel and Short not to do anything to cause alarm or suspicion. He was completely sure the Japanese would not strike at Pearl Harbor.

8. Thus he completely miscalculated. He disregarded the advice of men who always held that Pearl Harbor would be first attacked. He disregarded the warning implicit in the hour chosen for attack and called to Knox's attention. He disregarded the advice of his chiefs that we were unprepared.

9. When the attack came he was appalled and frightened. He dared not give the facts to the country. To save himself he maneuvered to lay the blame upon Kimmel and Short. To prevent them from proving their innocence he refused them a trial. When the case was investigated by two naval and army boards, he suppressed the reports. He threatened prosecution to any man who would tell the truth."

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