- Jan 22, 2009
The Pearl Harbor raid was a huge tactical success for Japan, but I wonder if the US would have been worse off if Japan had used the resources for its Asian conquests instead. My reasoning: War Plan Orange was idiotic. It was a crazy to try to send slow American Battleships to liberate or rescue the Phillipines. The Japanese would have had multiple opportunities to pick off the American ships one and two at a time as they travelled across the Pacific. In the meantime, the few U.S. carriers would be tied to the defense of the battleships. The battleships, lost on the high seas, would have carried a lot more sailors to their doom than when sunk or damaged in port at Pearl. Your thoughts?