The Pearl Harbor debacle was indeed a catastrophic moment in American history. Numerous historians have written on this issue. Historians Thomas Fleming and Charles A. Beard have written fairly balanced accounts on Roosevelt’s duplicitous maneuvering and the event leading up to World War II. Fleming documents that Roosevelt deliberately lied to the American people in order to get America into a bloody conflict with Japan.
Fleming even points out that Harry Dexter White, a Soviet communist spy in the Roosevelt administration, had a negative influence on the Roosevelt administration. But that’s where Fleming stops. He doesn’t point out that White was indeed a Jewish communist who wanted to essentially destroy Japan during World War II.
John Koster’s Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor goes into great details about how White single-handedly pushed America into a bloody and unnecessary conflict with Japan. M. Stanton Evans’ Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government also offers a riveting account of the widespread infiltration of the federal government by Soviet commies.
Robert Stinnett’s Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor provides another facet of this important issue. Stinnett does not mention Harry Dexter White’s covert activity in the Roosevelt administration at all. I contacted him and asked him why the blatant omission. He responded by saying:
“Day of Deceit concerns the United States Navy and its success in breaking the Imperial Japanese Naval military codes of Japan in 1941. My principal source is National Archives and Record Group 38, ‘The Crane Files’ at Archives II, College Park, Maryland, plus extensive interviews with the US Naval military code breakers including the Traffic Chief of Station ‘H’ located on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. I am the only author of Pearl Harbor non-fiction books who conducted interviews with the USN military code breakers.
“The momentous records of the Crane Files, plus my interviews with USN cryptos did not disclose any information on Mr. White or Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau. I am aware of Mr. White and his association with the Civil War in China and Mr. Morgenthau as a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Cabinet. As far as I can determine, neither White or Morgenthau were cleared for the Military Top Secret information involving Japan and were not engaged in military cryptology.”
Stinnett’s point here is understandable. But perhaps that is one weak point in Day of Deceit. To me, Talking about the conflict between Japan and the United States during World War II without mentioning Harry Dexter White is like writing a lengthy book about World War II without mentioning Nazi Germany.