After the historical "screw-up" of Japan-U.S. relations, that is according to recent research, the person who was to transcribe an intent of war that was to be answered and perhaps negotiated before Dec. 7, 1941, had been stuck at a Christian eulogy on a very unusually hot December day that went on for hours (Mainichi Daily News?) and the Congress decided to almost unanimously declare war, which was followed shortly by Germany's declaration of war on the U.S. One lone voice in the Senate, some researchers dug up a recording of her speech, warned that a "gut reaction" to events of the day could have unintended consequences without knowing the whole story. I think now it was Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas who served in the Senate from 1931-1945, a Democrat.
I heard this on the radio back in 1989 or so outside the former NIKE anti-missile nickel-cadmium battery factory, then a school new book repository, being evaluated in a National Priority EPA Superfund clean-up in Cold Spring, New York, across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy and its other holding nearby, Constitution Island. It was once the location of the West Point Foundry where many of the cannons and also other material was made, partially by smuggled iron-working expertise in the Civil War whom I'm sure were never asked if they were "gay" or thought their wives' sex-lives "lesbian" when they were given aliases to circumvent the law of the land in Great Britain, which held those involved in national security its "captives" and brought to Cold Spring.