What has been historically ignored is the sheer naval brainpower that the USN pocessed throughout the entire war. The USN succeeded where the Kreigsmarine failed and had routinely out-Yamamotto Yamamotto. Everytime I read this battle, the sheer out-thinking the IJN that was done by the USN boggles the mind. It should have been a Japanese victory. The carriers were lured away and the IJN had the superiority of force. The USN should have been clubbed like baby seals. Instead, the USN chosed their waters and presented a force that litterally scared the shit out of the IJN. Bluff? Maybe but the beating the IJN endured would have made them minced meat once the USN carriers returned.