Pearl Harbor was a trap. Sad to say, but the Japanese were suckers and it cost them the Empire. America had a navel agreement with China that in exchange for free passage for all nations in China waters, no attempts on the sovereignty of China would be unchallenged by America. In effect, a wary China needed assurances that it would not be colonized if it opened its doors. The main reason, was that when European countries form ports and permanent populations, if they wish a pretext to war they can fake attacks on their citizens and swoop in with the troops. China feared colonization. America vowed to stop any colonization, in exchange to free passage and access to markets. In fact, many states in Europe did get together to come up with a plan to carve up China, just like Africa was carved up by colonizers. However, a voice at the back of the room stopped this cool plan dead in its tracts. To proceed with even a planning phase, was like declaring war on America. The plans stopped there, right there! Then along came the Nazis, sweeping in Europe in one grand slam after another. And the Japanese were getting amazing victories in China, China was almost done. America remembered her vows, but the American population was as anti-war as ever. America needed an excuse to break into the Frey, wipe out the Japanese and consolidate China into a military force to hold back the Russians and the Huns. Japan was a slam dunk, if only the Japanese could be bated into whacking a remote outpost dear to the hearts of every American, Aloha! The risks were great, America knew that the Japs had examined the British raid on Toronto Italy, virtually wiping out the Mediterranean fleet from the air. America wanted to take a hit, but not too much of a hit. The trick was to stack ships side by side, making a broad sided attack limited in effect. Battleships need not be guarded, as their armor should be sufficient. Even if it was not, the harbor was so shallow that a tub could be refloated without much of a problem. Of course it a battleship tipped over, it would serve as a cool memorial and galvanize the pop to war. Midway however was the real trap, here the Japanese could be destroyed at sea as sea planes based here were the assurance that an attack would give much head time to mobilize an ambush, as it did. China would next be liberated and be mobilized to march to the American drum to hold back both Hitler and the Russians, without committing American troops to Europe. Then stepped in the British, with their Germany First plan, and it seemed to make sense, had better time lines. The idea tasted good over tea, and bang! Germany declared war on America by surprise, and Americans were committed to Europe. Some say the British spy tricycle on a trip to Hawaii had definite intentions of the Japanese to pull another Toronto, and the slow use of this intelligence was to betray America like the memory of the Lusitania in WWI, but I think not. The Brits were at the table with the Americans, and I am sure they planed the trap together, it only makes sense! What do you think?