11 Jul '17, 2pm

Hawaii in the crosshairs: The North Korean ICBM threat [Commentary]

In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy achieved complete strategic surprise at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In a matter of hours, four U.S. battleships were sunk, over a dozen other vessels were damaged and more than 2,400 American service members were killed. Such strategic surprise would not be achieved against the United States for nearly 60 years, when al-Qaida struck New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. Later investigations found a litany of American operational, intelligence and bureaucratic failures that contributed to the Japanese success in Hawaii. Hawaii was a natural target for the Japanese — an incredible naval base with the bulk of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at anchor, supporting infrastructure and airfields. Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto hoped to cripple the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor and prevent any American interfer...

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