The criticism of MacArthur in the thread relates back to Falcon Jun's original statement: While the first two things you mention are true, and no doubt there is truth in the third. I am sure there was indecision and shock up the chain of command, MacArthur did display the same. The point is if Kimmel and Short are relieved because of their performance, why not MacArthur? The first two were surprised and MacArthur did have warning (albeit only eight hours or so) and due to his access to "Magic" should have had a better appreciation of the actual threat level. I agree with Falcon Jun, how can you give Mac a pass if you sack Kimmel and Short? If the latter two's performance was lacking was not Mac's equally so? What did Mac do to prepare for war that the other two didn't?