The Leadership is lauding Daniel Inouye as a hero, standing for America, and so on. These plaudits fuse the Leadership, militarism, patriotism, and American mass society. This creates support from mass society for the Leadership. That’s its hidden goal. Every prominent government person who dies or even simply retires after a long time is given the same treatment, as an American hero who was a public servant.
The mass media dutifully transmit these memorials without questioning anything. The media do not ask important questions: Was World War II necessary? Did President Roosevelt elicit a Japanese attack? Did the Leadership needlessly sacrifice American lives in this long war? Since the media do not ask, they do not seek answers. They don’t do research.
The Leadership is not monolithic. From within its bowels, there is often criticism aired. For LRC readers, I call attention to research produced at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in 2009 by Dr. Jeffrey Record. He has written a free 70-page account titled “JAPAN’S DECISION FOR WAR IN 1941: SOME ENDURING LESSONS”. Those who have been saying for years that Roosevelt brought on WW II will find ample support for this coming from Record’s monograph, maybe not a smoking gun, but significant support. Inouye’s death will be reported on broadcasts across the land, but none will report this:
“U.S. attempts to deter Japanese expansion into the Southwestern Pacific via the imposition of harsh economic sanctions, redeployment of the U.S. Fleet from southern California to Pearl Harbor, and the dispatch of B-17 long-range bombers to the Philippines all failed because the United States insisted that Japan evacuate both Indochina and China as the price for a restoration of U.S. trade. The United States demanded, in effect, that Japan abandon its empire, and by extension its aspiration to become a great power, and submit to the economic dominion of the United States—something no self-respecting Japanese leader could accept.”
I found this monograph in less than one minute by searching Google on the words — Roosevelt elicited Japanese attack. Educate yourselves. Use Google’s search capabilities. Do some research.10:34 am on December 21, 2012 Email Michael S. Rozeff