TORA! TORA! TORA!

Infamy. Nuts! Words that resonate through history. When asked to surrender by the Germans at Bastogne, the reply from General McAuliffe was…Nuts! Inconceivable. The Germans were dumbfounded by the reply. It didn’t make sense to them. Of course it didn’t. They aren’t American. They couldn’t possibly understand that Americans are NEVER beaten. Sometimes some of us give up but the rest of us are never BEATEN. And so with this fundamental lack of understanding of their future enemy, the Japanese set out to win a quick victory against a sleeping giant. What’s worse is intentionally or not they ended up sucker punching us. Like Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman: “Big mistake, hugh!” With his opening speech, President Roosevelt eloquently laid out the case against the Japanese and in doing so he used that one word-Infamy, that would forever after conjure up in the souls of real Americans the utter contempt we felt for the Japanese cheap shot artists. Instead of Americans throwing in the towel, the attack had the opposite affect. Americans enlisted in droves. Soon after Doolittles raiders bombed Tokyo, and the rest as they say is history. INFAMY. Try that in French.

Sadly though, we find our country in the same place we did back in the 1940’s, except this time the Japanese strategy is working! What failed in 1941 is now succeeding in 2006. Hit us with a sudden cheap shot, demoralize our people, drag us into sustained combat, wear us down and we will sue for peace. That’s what the Japs wanted in 1941. It may have worked, except for one word. INFAMY. With that one word, Roosevelt made sure everyone in the world knew where we were coming from. There would be NO negotiations. NO surrender. Total victory, UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER. Nothing less. Sadly this week the Iraq Study Group (Hereafter known as the Iraq SURRENDER Group) advocates pretty much the Democrat cut and run strategy. Give up, a la Vietnam, get out of dodge, peace with dignity. Horseshit. The Japs proved in 1941 that the oceans could offer only limited protection and Al Queda proved in 2001 that there is no protection any more. It’s time to take the gloves off. Do what Roosevelt did. Set out to destroy our enemies and settle for nothing less or die trying. Read President Roosevelts speech. Think of your kids as you do and ask yourself if the oceans will protect them. Captainden

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s War Message, Asking Congress to Declare War on Japan
Given on Monday, December 8, 1941
Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander in Chief of the army and navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

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One Response to TORA! TORA! TORA!

  1. Anonymous says:

    All I kept thinking about when I read your post was the resolve of my grandparents’ generation. Some had more resolve than others, but they saw the big picture. Sadly, the lack of the global community’s resolve to fight a very hard fight is just plain sickening.

    Great post!

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