I don’t know about all of our readers, but Pearl Harbor has some serious significance in my family. One of my Great Uncles was on the Arizona, and survived the day. He still won’t talk about his military service and what happened to the guys who didn’t make it without substantial amounts of whisky, and even then it’s a grudging discussion.
The Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and other military bases on Oahu lasted two hours, leaving 21 U.S. ships heavily damaged and 323 aircraft damaged or destroyed.
It killed 2,390 people and wounded 1,178.
Pearl Harbor was a direct attack on American soil. People in this country responded to this threat by sacrificing everything — their family members, their lives, moving heaven and earth into the war effort, everything for the cause of fighting against what they saw as tyranny and wrongful actions on the part of the Axis powers.
In that case, America attacked only after provocation, which had been our policy until the current Administration decided otherwise in attacking Iraq in 2003. The Preznit gave what he called a major address today outlining his latest attempt to whitewash the piss poor job that he and his surrogates have done in prosecuting a war that we never should have started in the first place.
Afghanistan? We’re still fighting the Taliban there, a group which harbored actual terrorists and which has had a resurgance in the past few months.
And Iraq? Well, Jack Murtha pretty much covered his thoughts on that again today.
Our military deserves better than what they are getting today. Those who serve this nation do so at great risk to their own safety, and at a cost that is very high to them and their families to protect the rest of us at home. To send them into a war that need not have ever been fought, on what we now know was false pretext, and without any real plan on how to truly accomplish whatever the mission might be (it changes so frequently these days, I don’t even want to guess what the current edition happens to be) — well, it’s unconscionable.
The greatest generation is dying out. Those who served at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Bulge and on D-Day and all those other enormous and significant battles put their butts on the line so that this nation could remain free from tyrranny. Today’s military puts their butts on the line so the Preznit can save his political ass. What’s wrong with that picture?
UPDATE: John from Crooks and Liars has the video up of Murtha’s speech. Well worth the watch, if only to see the intensity with which he gives his response. And note that he takes questions afterward. Hmmmm…oh, yeah, that’s right. He can actually answer them.