I was raised by members of what newsman Tom Brokow called ” the Greatest Generation.” My maternal grandfather helped build Liberty Ships (supply vessels), and my grandmother’s oldest brother was wounded during the Normandy Invasion.
World War II is a life-long fascination, especially the sneak attack that prompted America’s official entry into the war. I’m probably the only Black kid who had his own set of Time Life’s Encyclopedia of World War II.
September 11th, 2001 now probably comes to mind now when the phrase “sneak attack ” is mentioned. Americans should connect the two tragedies, though one was done by a nation while the other was committed by terrorists.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto commanded the Japanese fleet during World War II and led it to this and other decisive victories against America.
He also knew his nation couldn’t defeat the United States. His famous quote, “I fear all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant, ” is considered more an invention of screenwriters rather than verifiable opinion.
His misgivings proved prophetic. The December 7th, 1941 surprise attack hastened his departure from this life.
American code-breakers were secretly able to decipher Japanese diplomatic and military traffic, which allowed our fighter planes to shoot him down during an inspection visit.
Dubbed “Operation Vengeance”, there’s no doubt it too came as a surprise on April 18, 1943, the day the Admiral died.
The same can be said of al Qaeda leader Osama Bbn Laden’s May 2, 2011 death when US Navy SEALS ended his terror plotting.
Whether Admiral Yamamoto actually made the famed “sleeping giant” statement or not, one fact is perfectly clear.
The cost of awakening America from her slumber is costly.
Too costly for most to even dare.
The message of these two seminal events is clear: a strong national defense is what keeps sneak attacks from becoming commonplace.
Let’s honor our dead and make sure politicians don’t let America become weak.
Let’s put the hard-won lessons of Pearl Harbor and September 11th into practice to stop more attacks in their infancy.
Does a strong national defense work?
Ask Admiral Yamamoto and Osama bin Laden what happens when you wake up the sleeping American giant.
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