The navy cannot afford to fight. There is a feeling that, if
possible, the navy would want to avoid a Japanese-American war. If we
pass up this opportunity, war will be impossible to avoid."
- Rear Admiral Takamatsu Nobuhito to his brother, Emperor Hirohito; November 30, 1941, seven days before Pearl Harbor
On this 82nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I am relinking my post Japan Decides On War, along with Dereliction of Duty, on America's military escalation in Vietnam. Both are examples of how bad decisions can be made, despite the misgivings of many of those involved. Useful lessons to keep in mind, particularly with war, the weightiest of human endeavors.