Why Japan lost the Battle of Midway

From James Holmes at Real Clear Defense:

A devil’s advocate is a precious commodity. That has to be one of the takeaways from revisiting the Battle of Midway seventy-five years on, and it should be etched on the internal workings of any martial institution that wants to survive and thrive amid the rigors, danger, and sheer orneriness of combat. Despite Japanese mariners’ tactical brilliance and élan, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) leadership was prone to such ills as groupthink and strategic doublethink. Worse, the IJN fleet was cursed to be led by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto—a leader of such stature and mystique that subordinates deferred to him out of habit. Never mind whether his ideas concerning operations and strategy made sense.

As they sometimes didn’t. More.

Reality check: Precisely what our progressive betters want for us for our own good.

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  • In short, the militaristic Japanese were like jihadis – conquest at all costs.

    • Clausewitz

      Pretty much. Their sense of superiority in everything Japanese wouldn’t even let them think that their military codes were broken, right up until the American’s pulled their ambush with three CV’s from point lucky.