I believe in the Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory.
First, let me present to you the McCollum memo Eight Action Plan:
A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore
B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies
C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek
D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore
E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient
F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific[,] in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands
G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil
H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire
It was dated in October 7, 1940....OVER A YEAR BEFORE the Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor. Do any of these steps seem familiar? Well, the thing is, ALL OF THEM were carried out before the bombing, according to Wikipedia and BrainPOP. It was a way to provoke (convice the Japanese to do something) Imperial Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor. Maybe the government didn't know that Pearl Harbor was the specfic area going to be bombed, and maybe they didn't know exactly WHEN they would attack, but my best bet is that they knew the Japanese would eventually attack....which is exactly why nobody was warned by the government of the attack. The government didn't know what was going to happen, only that they would be attacked eventually.
Wait a minute......hold it up......WHY THE !@#$%^&*@$#%^#^&@$^* WOULD OUR OWN GOVERNMENT WANT US TO BE ATTACKED?!?!?!?! The answer is plain and simple: Because we needed to join the war. He needed an excuse, a reason, to enter the war against the Axis powers. At the time, Germany had control of almost all of Europe except for Britain. Our government knew that even though Britian had a good military, Germany had conquered tons of other countries at under control and the Germans had spent tons on weapons and artillery. They had war planes, submarines, soldiers, Italy, and tanks. It was a matter of time before Britain would fall to the hands of Germany. And if they were conquered, Germany had pretty much all of Europe—well, they had the strongest countries, to be more specfific.
If Germany had Britain, they would easily go on to capture the rest of Europe, and Italy had parts of Africa. Japan also had some of China. The Axis powers were in control of so many countries, or at least parts of countries, the government knew that they would go after the U.S. next. And if they had so many forces, the U.S. would be just like Britain—overwhelmed by the massive enemy force. We would be easily taken over, and our government didn't want that to happen. They needed to join when Britain was still active, so they both could fight the enemy together. But alone? They didn't stand a chance.
But.....why couldn't we just join? Why do we need a reason? Well, at the time, the American people didn't want to join. We were involved in World War I, and we lost enough good men. We didn't want to throw ourselves in the midst of another war. It would take a toll on both the population and the economy. The war was incredibly unpopular. If we randomly decided to join in, the people would be angry. They would protest and demand to withdraw troops from Europe if we were to send troops there in the first place. How do I know they would do this, and how did the government know? Because that's always what would happen if a country would randomly join a war after another one. It happened during the Vietnam War. In BrainPOP's Vietnam War video, it said and I quote "People couldn't understand why Americans had to die for a tiny country halfway around the world....Protestors marched against the war—sometimes peacefully, sometimes not." This is what would have happened if we had joined before the bombing for no reason. People hate war. We all do.
This is an unnecessary report on why I believe in the Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory.