Who said win? how about resupply? We sent every goddamned thing to Europe and left our men to the Japanese. With rations, ammo, medicine , etc.Bataan would not have been the hellhole it was. Homma at one point had to pause because his troops were near breaking point
And how do you expect to resupply Phillipines immediately after Pearl Harbour ? With the Japanese fleet at sea ? Just how long do you think it takes to get to the Phillipines in convoy ? With what fleet support ?
The Japanese started their invasion within days of Pearl for a very good reason.
No disrespect to the defenders of the Phillip ines but after the surprise attacks, they were on a sticky wicket to say the least. No airpower and no hope of relief. The US forces there were quite capable of being fed in house, so wonder what the logistics problem was . I'd be very interested to know just how short of ammunition they actually were.