Well nice way to counter. Riskier then i would normaly go on some fights though although im pretty conservative with fights.
I was a bit shocked by his moves and since it was our first game with LL i tried to get low casualties in most fights. So i could not take pearl with decisive forces :(.
The least they do it lower the attacks of each japan force so the allies can inflict more damage on them. Hm i could park the carrier off the philipines to ensure you cant land in FIC with land forces :P.
But what do you defend your 3 new trannies with if you send your BB + AC to the brittisch fleet and the other BB + AC + dest to the pearl fleet. Ill take my chances with that destroyer vs 3 trannies.
Hm checked and the tranny cant carry an inf in the FIC battle ( my opponent cheated 😛 ) so that battle might be a bit biased towards the japps. Killing the land forces would prove valuable though to secure india for at least 1 turn to come ( with an IC that will amount to 6 units on J2 and 9 on J3 not counting air ).
But on the main topic i think that US can easy get some usefull fleet in the pacific at the end of turn 2 grabbing some islands. And at worst these are a distraction. At best jappan will lose all its island posessions and has a sizable US force in FIC to content with.