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December 07, 2012

Dec 7, 1941


"In all my fifty years of public service I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions - infamous falsehoods and distortions on a scale so huge that I never imagined that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them." --- Secretary of State Cordell Hull's response to the "Hull Note", or "Outline for Proposed Basis of Agreement Between the United States and Japan" Japanese notice that negotiations were at an impass, commonly called "The 14-part message." which was to have been delivered prior to the attack* but transcription took too long.

Had he lived to this day, he might never have imagined his own government was also capable of uttering such falsehoods and distortions.

* or that I could screw that up. Thanks Gromit

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