We owe alot to the brave sailors the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
Their defese likely prevented even more damage to the harbor.
We were also fortuant the four aircraft carriers wore on manuvers
that day. Other wise they would have been damaged as well. That
alone probably kept Japan from making a third attack. Not knowing
where the carriers might be.
The top man in the japanese military tried to tell the Emperor that
attacking the USA was a bad idea. He had went to school here, and
knew the latent power that exsited here. But the red army in Japan
felt a hard hit would convince the USA to stay out of the war. Especially
since the USA appeared to not want to enter the war in Europe.
FDR wanted the US to enter the war in Europe, but the nationalists felt it
wasn't our war, and those two big oceans would protect us. After the attack
we were ready to strike back hard against Japan. Doolittle flew the first
bombing runs against Tokyo soon after Pearl Harbor. Since Japan was a
ally of Germany Hitler declared war on the USA soon after we did against
We are fortuant that they didn't send a third wave of bombers against Perarl
as it would have destroyed the dry docks and fuel storage faciliies. This would
have pushed our navy'sTh power base all the way back to California. This likely
would have allowed Japan to invade Hawaii and Midway.