Proposals and counterproposals followed, but all to no avail. By early December the President knew that the Japanese would strike soon - but he knew not where. Most reports to Washington stressed the likelihood of Japanese moves in Southeast Asia or the South Pacific. On the night of December 6, as Roosevelt, still fighting for time, dispatched a plea and a warning to Emperor Hirohito, Japanese carriers were plowing toward their positions northwest of Oahu.
- From Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox by James MacGregor Burns
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