Fall 1941: Hideki Tojo takes over as Prime Minister of Japan and secretly approves the Yamamoto plan for attack on Pearl Harbor.
Col. Robert McCormick, publisher of The Chicago Daily Tribune, was promoting an editorial policy against US entering the war theaters in either Europe or the Pacific. On Oct. 27, 1941, only six weeks before Pearl Harbor, the Tribune editorial writers stated in part:
“She (Japan) cannot attack us. That is a military impossibility. Even our base at Hawaii is beyond the effective striking power of her fleet.”