The memorandum could well be authentic ... I really don't know. Who does? Mike_Lee? I think not. The document Mike posted does not strike me as so much a power assessment (number of ships, planes, subs, bases, soldiers, sailors and airmen) as a bogus document designed to shift "blame" for Pearl Harbor off the Japs and onto US!<quoted text>
I was watching the military channel program about German Raiders. A similar document was captured by a German Raider (Atlantis) from a English ship (SS Automedon) it was an assessment of U.S. & English power in the Pacific...germans turned it over to Japan...it was quite similar to the one discussed here
Setting somewhere are dusty documents detailing every possible nuclear war scenario and our various planned responses. Does that mean we WANTED nuclear war ... of course not. Was Pearl Harbor an anticipated Japanese response to our various diplomatic rebukes and saber rattling? Maybe. Is that possibility more or less plausible than Japan simply wanting to nullify our Pacific Fleet until it had secured their new won territories?