Saturday, December 7, 2013

Uh-oh: SpaghettiOs' tasteless Pearl Harbor tweet is already a meme.

On a more serious note, an excerpt from The Cambridge History of War: Volume 4, War and the Modern World explains why the Pearly Harbor attack was a serious miscalculation:
First, by ensuring the Americans would insist on a crushing victory, it destroyed the Japanese concept of making extensive conquests and then arriving at a new settlement. Second, the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor, of which the Japanese were aware, meant that most of the warships that Yamamoto imagined sunk were instead set into the mud, raised, repaired and returned to service. Third, the attack on ships in harbor on a peacetime Sunday failed to eliminate the crews of most of the ships.