Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy.  Do you know what happened on December 7, 1941?  Do your children and grandchildren know what happened?  The Japanese sent six aircraft carriers to attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  As now, there was a large naval base there and most of the US Navy Pacific Fleet was there.  Over a thousand people were killed in that attack, and it precipitated the US involvement in the Second World War.

The US military was not prepared for war, despite the fact that the war was going on in Europe and Asia for years.  Many in the US had hoped that the war would not hit us because we were protected by two large oceans.  The slogan "Remember, Pearl Harbor!" was a rallying cry for the US for the years of World War Two and for many decade afterwards people used it as a reason to maintain readiness to fight a war.

After the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were concerned that once again we had dropped our guard and allowed ourselves to be attacked by an enemy we did not suspect would attack us.  Now as we fight the War on Terror, too many Americans are war weary.  We are cutting our already small military and are settling for getting out of the war, rather than for victory.  We have allowed our conventional military forces to dwindle, so that fighting a major conventional war would be difficult.  We are no longer respected and feared by potential enemies and so we face greater competition in the world from nations like Red China, North Korea and Iran that were not a problem when we were stronger.  Remember Pearl Harbor; remember 9/11, that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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