Japanese Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto is credited with saying, upon achieving complete surprise in the daring attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese naval forces on 7 December 1941, “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
According to some fairly prominent historians, there is no conclusive evidence of Yamamoto ever having said this, but it was a really cool movie line at the end of the 1970 film depicting the attack, Tora! Tora! Tora!
Still other historians, with the benefit of hindsight, have claimed that the only ones surprised on the day were the Japanese. Their evidence consists of documents that indicate that Winston Churchill advised U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt of the attack well in advance. These same historians consider the fact that the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet was conveniently absent from Pearl Harbor, and not only absent, but located far to the north and east of Hawaii, far beyond the range of Japanese planes.
Barring some discovery of conclusive evidence, however, the truth may never be known.
The U.S. is again a sleeping giant in the early stages of the 21st century.
Whilst the rest of the world, at least the developed world where there is some semblance of self-determination presented to the populace, has embraced and learned to prosper from online gambling, the U.S. has continued to take the same isolationist approach that almost gave Europe to Hitler prior to 1941.
Only three states, Nevada, New Jersey and Maryland, permit online gambling. It would seem that the U.S. is awakening from its slumber, but predictions vary wildly as to when the entire country will open up and accept the reality.
When that does finally happen, perhaps by the end of the current decade, who will be best prepared to benefit from the profit potential of millions of people with disposal income in the most prosperous country that has ever existed?
Will it be one of the big bookmakers or casino corporations that already have the infrastructure in place and years of experience?
Would you be willing to wager on Google, Amazon or Facebook, all of which have users galore that they can market with free bets and bonuses that would make the offers typically seen now seem paltry by comparison?
That might make a great wager right there. What do you think?