Naruto as Jinchuuriki - Questions
This is going back a little bit. I was re-reading some of the old manga back from before the time skip and I have a few questions about things. A couple bits of the story aren't adding up, and I'm wondering if it's just a mistake from the Manga or if I am missing something.
Tl;DR, here's the short version: Jinchuuriki are important weapons for the village, and other villages train Jinchuuriki for that purpose. Naruto didn't know the fox was inside him, didn't know how to use it, wasn't trained how to control it, and wasn't treated like a weapon by the village. Instead, he was ignored and avoided, a strategy that would most likely have turned him into a monster and a criminal. The hidden leaf, despite having the most experience with tailed beasts, didn't know how to train Naruto to control the Fox, and was doing a terrible job.
We know that Jinchuuriki from most villages are considered weapons or deterrents. Gaara, for example, was given the 1-tails as a baby because the Kazekage wanted him to become a weapon for the village. Same with the hidden cloud village, where Bee was given the 8-tails to be a weapon for the village. Similar stories are told about some of the other Jinchuuriki as well: Most of them are treated as weapons. In the hidden cloud village, we know that this was common, that the sidekick of the raikage was usually a specially-selected jinchuuriki. But in the Leaf village Mito and Kushina were selected as Jinchuuriki because they had seals and special chakra to suppress the fox, not because they were great ninja or were going to be weapons. They were vessels, not weapons.
If there is a war, it would seem like the jinchuuriki would have played a big part of it. Maybe the leaf village didn't need to use the Fox as a weapon, because any powerful Uchiha would have been able to suppress the jinchuuriki from other villages (We see Madara and pre-MS sasuke both be able to do this, so other Uchiha might be able to also). However, after the massacre of the Uchiha, the Leaf village wouldn't have had that advantage. It would have been more important to train a powerful jinchuuriki, not less important. Naruto would have become the most important weapon in the village, and a big part of their war plans and defense strategy.
And if the Mito and Kushina were used as weapons, why wasn't Naruto? He didn't even know the Fox was inside him until the beginning of the Manga. He accidentally unlocked the power on the bridge during the fight with Zabuza, and he didn't learn to use the power on demand until his training with Jiraya during the Chinuun exams. Gaara already seemed to be very familiar with the 1-tails during the Chinuun exams, but Naruto didn't even learn the basics until the month before the finals. If Jinchuuriki are so powerful and so important, and are used as strategic weapons by the villages, why didn't Naruto learn about it earlier, and why wasn't he trained to use it better as a matter of national security? During the final match between Naruto and Neji, the 3rd Hokage was surprised to see that Naruto was able to use the power at all, so it clearly wasn't part of the plan. You would think that the Hokage would play an active role in Naruto's development, training him to control and use the power of the fox, and help build him into a powerful weapon for the village. Instead, it seemed like the plan was for everybody to ignore Naruto and avoid him. As Naruto himself says, he could have grown up into a monster like Gaara was becoming, because of the way he was ignored and avoided. In the Hidden cloud Village, Bee was treated as a hero, and a sidekick to the Raikage when he was still young.
Another question I have is why Nobody in the hidden leaf village seemed to know anything about training a Jinchuuriki or how to control the power of the tailed beast. If Hashirama used to own several of the tailed beasts, and if the hidden leaf had been using and training Mito and Kushina as jinchuuriki weapons, why didn't the hidden leaf ninjas know how to train Naruto to control the fox? Why did Naruto have to learn these things from Bee in the hidden cloud? Maybe all the people who knew these secrets died. Kushina died before she could have shared the secrets of training with other jinchuuriki. The 4th hokage also died early. But, that doesn't explain why Jiraya couldn't have taught some more of the details to Naruto, unless Jiraya didn't know it either. Also, I find it hard to believe that Tsunade didn't know how to do it if she was related to Mito and knew Kushina. Plus, as Hokage, Tsunade would have had access to hidden and forbidden written records from the first and second hokages about the topic. Even after the death of Jiraya, she didn't play any role in helping to train Naruto, even though she didn't have much time to do it.
If most of the tailed beasts were owned by Hashirama in the past, then the Hidden Leaf village with Hashirama's experience should have been the most knowledgable, but they weren't. Other villages had much more experience with the beasts. The hidden sand village and the hidden cloud village both had methods for determining host compatibility, and both of those villages experimented with using multiple hosts to create weapons. The hidden rain and hidden stone villages had multiple jinchuuriki each as well, and intended for their jinchuuriki to be used as weapons too.
So, my questions are these: Why wasn't Naruto trained to be a weapon like almost all other Jinchuuriki were? Why wasn't he told about the Fox and taught how to control it? Why didn't the 3rd Hokage play more of a role in helping him to get trained, like other kages in other villages did with their jinchuuriki? Why did the hidden leaf village seem to know so little about how to control the tailed beast and how to use its power? It seems like Naruto has had to learn a lot of this stuff on his own, which doesn't make sense if he is a weapon and an important deterrent for war.