Henry L. Stinson

A Quote by Henry L. Stinson on danger, difficulty, meetings, past, presidency, and questions

...but if there was anything unexpected about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was only that Hawaii was the target chosen for attack: "Then at 12 o'clock we (viz., General Marshall and I) went to the White House, where we were until nearly half past one. At the meeting were Hull, Knox, Marshall, Stark, and myself. There the President . . . brought up entirely the relations with the Japanese. He brought up the event that we were likely to be attacked perhaps (as soon as) next Monday, for the Japanese are notorious for making an attack without warning, and the question was what we would do. The question was how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition."

Henry L. Stinson

Source: Secretary of War under Roosevelt, Diary Entry for November 25, 1941

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