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Why could the attack on Pearl Harbor be considered a tactical victory but a political blunder by the Japanese?

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09/13/2011

Tactical is the small picture; Strategical is the big picture. Each major axis leader made the same strategic mistake:

1. Germany attacked Russia (USSR); a nation that had far more people and industrial might than Germany would ever have.

2. Japan attacked America (US); a nation that had far more people and industrial might than Japan would ever have.

Japan's tactical victory was sinking many US warships & destroying many US warplanes; at little loss to themselves. The strategic blunder (not political...political is talking and shaking hands...making deals, diplomacy...etc.) was bringing the US into the war...making WWII a truly global conflict; and ultimately bringing an end to the Japanese Empire.