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  • a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance

    Isn't that the whole point of the Department of Defense. I hope they have plans well in advance for a boat load of scenarios - from the most apparent (religous extremism, cult-of-personality fascism) to the riduculous (canadian extremism???). This is exactly what I want my tax money spent for - thinking about zillions of scenarios, prioritizing them, and then planning for them.

    I think the DoD does a good job of war planning ... now if they could

    • That certainly is true for the WWII planning that preceeded Pearl Harbour.

      Since many U.S. allies were involved in WWII for years before Pearl Harbour, it would be criminally incompetant to not start making plans for joining in. The administration knew that joining was the right thing to do, but until Pearl Harbour, it would have been political suicide to actually do it.

      That sounds much like the current situation, except that the majority in the rest of the world does not agree with Bush's beliefs of "the right thing to do". So, Roosevelt was right but had to wait until late (almost too late); while Bush got his chance too early to be right.