Hitler didn’t know about the Pearl Harbor attack but was “delighted” when he heard about it. He followed it up by declaring war on the US, which meant FDR didn’t have to worry about congress agreeing to enter World War II. Interestingly, one reason Japan decided to attack was their alliance with Germany, which they viewed as an unstoppable force. Germany joined them in declaring war on the US because they had a high opinion of Japan’s power. Oops.
Paul Krugman on Trump’s ignorance and how that’s affecting trade and the US economy. Krugman highlights that US trade law has worked well for 80 years, but notes that “…it wasn’t intended to handle the problem of a corrupt, irresponsible president.”