Sixty-Eight Years Ago Today

Reprised from an earlier blog-post in 2005. Pearl Harbor exploded in a shower of bombs and torpedos dropped by Imperial Japanese aircraft, and the battered USS Arizona sank in an inferno. During the second wave of the attack the USS Shaw exploded:

When the 7th of December 1941 was over, it was clear that the Japanese had delivered a tremendous blow to the United States. Five battleships were sunk or sinking, three destroyers were wrecked, a minelayer and target ship had capsized, two cruisers were badly damaged and many other ships needed repairs. Hawaii-based Navy and Army aviation was also greatly diminished, feeding a sense of defenselessness and defeat that greatly exceeded the realities of the situation.

I’m sure if it happened again today (9/11 anybody?) the Left would work just as hard as they do now, to diminish our efforts and feed a sense of defenselessness and defeat that greatly exceeded the realities of the situation.
Maybe that is the lesson we ought to remember from Pearl Harbor – not for what the Japanese did back then but for what the Left is doing today. What they always do.

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6 thoughts on “Sixty-Eight Years Ago Today

  1. You say it like FHB said, we were on a roll after they tripped the switch, psychological or otherwise – but it cost us dearly. My reading of the Okinawa campaign, including VDH's Ripples of Battle left me stunned at the horror, our naivete, and our losses.

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  2. My father spent most of his Navy hitch as a Corpsman 3, posted to the Pearl Harbor Naval hospital.

    He said very little of his time in service, but did note a couple of time watching fleet units heading out from Pearl, and the sailors, marines and seabees coming back into the hospital (and most, after some recovery, on to the mainland for further recovery, and home).

    His point being that Dec. 7 was just the beginning; the end being the Missouri in Tokyo bay.

    I miss him a lot.

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  3. In retrospect, the blow was more psychological than physical. It shocked us into waking up, but the third wave was called back and the most vital parts of the base were spared. The Battleships that were lost or damaged were obsolete, and the carriers and subs were untouched. The repair yards were untouched, and the oil storage, and the most important thing, the means of production here on the mainland. Like Barbarossa, Pearl Harbor looked devastating at first, but it decided the way the war would end even as the last bombs fell. It proved, in other words, to be much more devastating in the long run to the fuckers that perpetrated it. It was almost inevitable from then on that the Axis would fall. They had it goin' on 'till then.

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