This sixteen page article claims to rebut Stinnett's claims, and while I'm no student of the matter, it seems convincing ...
A Deceitful Book: Robert B. Stinnett’s book “Day of Deceit” By Rear Admiral Richard E. Young, USN (Ret)http://www.artbarninc.org/REY/Stinnett.pdf
It seems convincing only if you want to be convinced by it.
The point that FDR didn't provoke Japan because he didn't reply to the McCollum memo with a memo or telegram stating "OK. Let's do that." is quite laughable. The best evidence for FDR's knowledge and acceptance of the plan in the McCollum memo is that he meticulously implemented it. Actions speak louder than words.
And FDR didn't only provoked Japan. He also provoked Germany. Japan was the first to respond to FDR's provocations, but FDR's aggressive policy was far from being limited to an oil embargo on Japan.https://postimg.org/image/g3xjrq8wr/https://postimg.org/image/8cgtt64rf/
Even FDR's state-sponsored excuse for his oil embargo on Japan (academic narrative) is a ludicrous lie. It's claimed:
In 1940 Japan invaded French Indochina [...] This move prompted the United States to embargo all oil exports, leading the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) to estimate it had less than two years of bunker oil remaining [...] Responding to Japanese occupation of key airfields in Indochina (July 24) following an agreement between Japan and Vichy France, the U.S. froze Japanese assets on July 26, 1941, and on August 1 established an embargo on oil and gasoline exports to Japan.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Events_le ... arl_Harbor
Indochina was a French colony and Vichy France was if not a military ally at least a friendly country of Germany and Japan. The Japanese so-called invasion of Indochina was not an invasion but an authorized occupation of a friendly country's lands. The United States had no right to authorize or ban an occupation of Indochina. The United States had as much right to authorize or ban an occupation of Indochina as France had the right to authorize or ban an occupation of Dakota.
The orthodox narrative of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is a grotesque story. The policies of US warmongers are always hidden by academic historians (state-sponsored storytellers) behind alleged blunders of incompetent leaders. It's always: We told Saddam that we didn't care about his disputes with Kuwait (see April Glaspie), and we declared war on Saddam's country as soon as the Iraq-Kuwait war started. But that was not bellicose trick. That was just a diplomatic blunder. Oops, sorry for that. Won't happen again...until next time.