On Dec. 2, 1941, the following statement by Diplomat Hugh Grant appeared in the New York Times; “If the Japanese really want war, now is the time to let them have it. I believe we could smash them within a period of a few months with our superior air and naval forces.”
On Dec. 4, 1941, a report of President Roosevelt’s war plans was leaked to the Chicago Daily Tribune. It described in detail his intensions of dealing with Japan through the use of air raids.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
Because war had not been declared, the bombing of Pearl Harbor was certainly a horrific sneak attack. However, in light of the above information, could that attack also be described as pre-emptive in nature?