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Many would say that America had poorly readied herself for an attack which is why the attack on Pearl Harbor was so successful. However this was not the case. Rather, it was more of a misunderstanding of the enemy’s capabilities. This spawned a vast series of improvements in U.S. intelligence services throughout the Cold War. The Pacific Fleet also was served by luck that the entire fleet was not destroyed because it very well could have been. Almost all of the battleships in the pacific fleet were docked at Pearl Harbor that fateful morning. Of course, the U.S. was not the only country to make mistakes. “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” is a quote from Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is quite possible that this quote expressed his true feelings about the attack, but the fact remains that the attack was a necessary evil given the situation that Japan was in. Japan had no resources or at least was diminishing them quickly and the only way to get more in the eyes of the Japanese government was to provoke the United States into war; a war in which Japan would be victorious. It is fortunate to see now that improvements have been made on the parts of both countries to prevent a disastrous attack like that on Pearl Harbor from ever happening again.

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