Friday, March 17, 2006


It's Friday morning and too late to write any serious bloggerel this week, so I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce a new parlor game. It's called WWJBD, and it goes like this:

On April 14, 1943, U.S. naval intelligence intercepted and decrypted a message giving the exact whereabouts and travel plans of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese navy's supreme commander and architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now, as it happened, U.S. Navy Admiral William "Bull" Halsey Jr. was tasked with doing something useful with this information, and he dealt with it in his usual somewhat unimaginative but highly effective way. Scratch one Japanese admiral.

But what if history had taken a different turn? What if instead the British Royal Navy had intercepted and decrypted the message? What if the task of doing something useful with this information had been turned over to the Secret Intelligence Service's Special Operations Executive? In this situation:

What would James Bond do?

The floor is now open. Who wants to go first?