Re: Did Germany or Japan ever really think they could defeat the United States?



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Michele <don'tspammeatall@xxxxxx> wrote:

The Japanese did have another reason. They felt they had no other choice.
That's illogical, but that's how they felt - at least enough of the
decision-makers felt that way. The alternative would have been complying
with US and British demands, and withdrawing from Indochina and most of
China. The end of the greater Japanese empire, the end of a war in China
that had already cost a lot. That was no alternative at all for the
Japanese.

No, it was not to be "the end of the greater Japanese empire"; that
consisted of the home islands, Formosa, Manchukoku, and Korean
penninsula.

True, but that depends on definitions and anyway I was trying to convey what
many Japanese decision-makers thought.

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