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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

America’s First Day of Infamy

Today, every warblogger and conservative pundit is talking about the 63rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I’m not going to belabor the subject with another long post about it, but instead just link a couple articles that I think bring up interesting points.

The first is an editorial from the Huston Chronicle. Arnold Garcia Jr. remarks on how we learned the value of good intelligence after the Japanese Empire so successfully attacked us in the fall of 1941 … and how that lesson is still applicable today. From a military standpoint we’re still fighting a limited war, as we should be. But from an intelligence standpoint the gloves are off; our challenge now is to make sure the left fist knows what the right fist is doing.

And USA Today repots from Honolulu about the USS Oklahoma Survivor’s Association and the opening of a new memorial to that good ship’s fine sailors in Oklahoma City, OK. The USS Arizona is often remembered as the symbol of US losses in the Pearl Harbor attack – as it probably should be, considering the number of servicemen who perished aboard her – but over half of the American combat deaths that day were on dry land or other vessels. Some of them are finally getting the recognition they deserve, and as an inheritor of the freedom they fought for I’d like to add my “Thank You” to the chorus of appreciation they’re getting today.

May this country continue to observe and understand history, so as to never be cast into its grave.