Day Of Deceit Analysis

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According to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 7th, 1941 was "a date which will live in infamy", but not for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, rather for the deception used by the United States Government and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt perpetually stuck in a chess game with the Axis forces, sacrificed over 2400 American Seamen’s lives. Franklin D. Roosevelt knew about the attacks and knew that it was the only way in which United States citizens would take arms and fight in the European’s War. An attack against the United States by a member of the Axis Power would surely revoke feelings of neutrality. This paper will attempt to prove or disprove the theories about knowledge of the attacks before December 7th. In order to understand the theories, first this paper will answer the questions of what happened in the early months of 1941. Did we intercept messages from Japan regarding the attack? What role did MAGIC play? Did other Allied countries know of the attack? This paper will also provide a brief summary of the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In Robert B. Stinnett's book, Day of deceit: the truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor, on 7 October 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East operations in the Office of Naval Intelligence, wrote the eight-action memo…show more content…
With pressure from Great Britain and the other Allies, Roosevelt was persuaded into having the Lend-Lease Act of 1941 passed. The lend-Lease Act allowed the President to "sell, transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend, or otherwise dispose of, to any such government any defense article", mainly Great Britain. By the end of October of 1941, Roosevelt approved one billion dollars of Lend-Lease aid to Great
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