Striking the Pacific Fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor carried two distinct disadvantages: the targeted ships would be in very shallow water, so it would be relatively easy to salvage and possibly repair them; and most of the crews would survive the attack, since many would be on shore leave or would be rescued from the harbor. A further important disadvantage—this of timing, and known to the Japanese—was the absence from Pearl Harbor of all three of the . Pacific Fleet's aircraft carriers ( Enterprise , Lexington , and Saratoga ). IJN top command was so imbued with Admiral Mahan 's " Decisive battle " doctrine—especially that of destroying the maximum number of battleships—that, despite these concerns, Yamamoto decided to press ahead.  [ page needed ]
I do remember Jennings. On the surface, his testimony does stop and make one think. If you look at it a little closer, one can see that conclusions drawn may not be as simple as it seems. For one thing, Jennings did retract his statement that he stepped over dead bodies before his death. One can only speculate why. Also, who were these supposed people whose bodies he was stepping over. Did they not have family wondering what happened to their husband, wife, child, brother or sister? There is a comprehensive list of those who died in the two towers, yet, not of building 7. Wouldn't their deaths be a good propaganda opportunity for government agents? An opportunity never seized, it would seem.