The Nation Unifies
As darkness descended across America, the American resolve that Admiral Yamamoto so feared had already become a reality. Reporters witnessed a unification that had never been experienced before, and certainly has not been experienced since. It was instantaneous and it was complete. All uncertainty was gone. People everywhere were saying the same thing in various ways:
"Now we can be unified."
"They stabbed us in the back."
"There's been too much talk and not enough action. Let's get going."
"Let 'em have it. They asked for it."
"Those Japs must be crazy."
"Why, them sons of bitches."
Soon after the attack was announced by Steve Early from the White House, the military apparatus began taking control of many aspects of society. If it is true that the first victim in a war is truth, then censorship is the first victory. The military mind loves control and secrecy, so the first thing General Short did when he took command of the Hawaiian Islands was to establish a censorship policy.
The same thing happened in Washington, D.C. When the war was about five hours old, Brigadier General Alexander D. Surles, chief of the Army's Press Relations Section, called a press conference to announce the censorship rules. More than fifty reporters gathered in the Munitions Building that evening after struggling through police barricades and Army