Put in plain terms the tragedy of Pearl Harbor was the dark fruit of three incredible blunders. First in importance was the manner in which the crisis was managed. The second blunder was the bottling of the fleet in Pearl Harbor. The third was the stripping of the defenses of Pearl Harbor. It was Roosevelt who personally managed the whole crisis. It was Roosevelt who bottled the fleet in Pearl Harbor. It was Roosevelt who stripped the base of its defenses. First then, let us look at the crisis as it developed in Washington. Let us see it now in the light of the facts which this government has hidden and which I will now reveal publicly for the first time. Source: The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor The fleet served very little purpose, being at PH. Other than maybe bait. The fleet sure worked for that purpose! Those battleships were not ready for war, just like Adm Richardson, tried to tell FDR. After the attack, those ships were refitted, with anti-aircraft weapons. And in some cases all new main battery. They were no ready for war, against a Japanese carrier strike force. Not even close! I believe Flynn, was able to accomplish more. He had less to work with than Stinnett, but still got the job done!