"The one thing to remember about the Pearl Harbor attack, if you remember nothing else, is that those who were there at the time were terribly confused on that day and we (on the other hand) have had 60 years to hash it out."
I once corresponded with a gentleman that said nobody was doing anything to repel the attack. He saw no fire from our own guns. He was certain that FDR had ordered them silenced to maximize the damage. When I enquired as to his location during the attack he told me that he was on the edge of Hickam Field, face down in the grass for the entire attack. I wondered what he had done during the "lull".
Even now it's hard for a person to get a full view of the attack. You can get a feel for the event overall, but nobody can specialize in everything about it. Midgets, US and Japanese aviation, Battleship Row, intelligence, etc., all need careful study. The diversity of topics on this board show how many things can be discretely discussed. Then we have to imagine that all this information has yet to be mined out and packaged up for easier digestion. I pity the decision-makers of this time, on both sides. They had to make calls that just might effect the fates of their nations, and their decisions were, per force, made on slim files of facts.