I dislike defending a President I despise, but I find this kind of thing ridiculous —
Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack. “Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.”
Yes, I’m sure there was such a memo. But what’s left out is that FDR was getting hundreds (if not thousands) of memos like that every day. It’s so easy, now, after the fact to go back and find the single memo in that massive pile that was important. It’s just a bit harder to do so in real time beforehand.
If you want to impugn FDR’s general handling of the looming war with Japan, that’s fine. FDR had, after all, been acting very aggressively with Japan for a number of years (a foreign policy I agree with, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have readily foreseen consequences like a military response). But to expect him (or anyone) to have magically picked out the one memo is just silly.