Frank Edmund Beatty Jr.
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Frank Edmund Beatty Jr. (June 17, 1894 - November 12, 1976) was a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy.
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- Prior to December 7, it was evident even to me... that we were pushing Japan into a corner.
I believed that it was the desire of President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill that we get into the war, as they felt the Allies could not win without us and all our efforts to cause the Germans to declare war on us failed; the conditions we imposed upon Japan—to get out of China, for example—were so severe that we knew that nation could not accept them.
We were forcing her so severely that we could have known that she would react toward the United States.
All her preparations in a military way — and we knew their over-all import — pointed that way.
- 28 May 1954, "Another Version of What Started the War with Japan," pg 48 of "U. S. News and World Report"