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