December 7th

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 were wounded.  Until September 11, 2001, it was the worst attack on America.  It marked the entry of the United States into World War II.

The United States is again at war, but most people don’t think of it as such.  In World War II, we were asked to “Remember Pearl Harbor.”  Immediately after 9/11, there were signs and posters stating “We’ll Never Forget.”

We entered World War II with the will to win it.  The “exit strategy” was victory.  Now, we have announced in the same sentence that we are going to increase troop strength in Afghanistan, but will start withdrawing them in 18 months.  No mention of victory, just “exit.”

Fascism was evil and a real threat in the 1930’s and ’40’s.  Extremism Islamic fundamentalism is evil and a real threat today.  It’s too bad that we don’t have the same will to win today as our nation had during WW2.   Too bad that our exit strategy is victory today.


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