Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com
Tuesday marked the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
The surprise attack preceded a declaration of war. The Japanese sank or severely damaged 18 ships – including 8 battleships. Additionally, 161 planes were destroyed on the ground.
The death toll exceeded 2,400, with more than 1,000 wounded.
The response was swift and sure. On December 8, Congress voted a declaration of war with only one dissent. In the global conflict that followed, Americans were more united than ever before – or since.
Over the next 3 ½ years, 16 million Americans served in our Armed Forces, out of a population of 133 million. On the home front, war production included 88,410 tanks and self-propelled guns, 257,390 artillery pieces and 324,750 aircraft of all types.
More than 292,000 Americans died in battle, and another 672,000 were wounded.
During the conflict, Japan lost 1.3 million people or 2.7% of its pre-war population. More than 100,000 died in the B-29 bombings of Tokyo, and twice that number were killed when atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By August 1945, Japanese and German cities were piles or rubble – some still smoldering.
It was a victory of epic proportions that came at a terrible price. But Western civilization prevailed, and the Japanese warlords and Nazi leaders were tried as war criminals.
What would have happened if we had fought World War II the way we’re fighting the war on Islamic terrorism? What if political correctness guided America in the weeks and months after Pearl Harbor?
Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com
Late last month, a reporter asked the head of the Office of Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett what she would tell her close friend Barack Obama about the American uprising against his aggressive liberalism. She replied, “To stay the course and to know that it will get better.” Those were not idle words of comfort; they were marching orders. The president told the New York Times he runs every decision by Jarrett, and she has admitted to Vogue magazine, “I kind of know what makes [both Obamas] who they are.” When she speaks, Obama listens.
The day after the election, as pundits forecast how he would compromise with the Republican House, Barack Obama revealed that he planned to continue moving this country to the Left. As though he were invincibly ignorant to the will of the people, Obama told Democratic volunteers on a conference call, “We’ve just got to work harder to deliver the change the American people want.”
Last week, the Center for American Progress (CAP), which received significant seed money from George Soros, released a 47-page paper illustrating how he could do that: by ruling through executive order, as this author reported he would. Some of their proposals include blocking legislation passed by Congress, advancing the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and levying a new fee on foreign oil. Now, Soros is threatening to dry up the cash flow if Obama does not comply. Obama appears poised to continue shoving the big government liberalism Americans repudiated this month down their collective throat through executive action.
Edwin Mora, CNSNews
As of July 31, almost half of all U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan have happened on President Barack Obama’s watch.
Since Obama took office in January 2009, 558 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, out of 1,127 since the war began nine years ago, according to CNSNews.com’s tally.
And the violence is escalating. July 2010 was the deadliest month for U.S forces in Afghanistan, with 66 combat and non-combat fatalities.
Counting for both combat and non-combat deaths, the top three bloodiest months for U.S. forces all happened during Obama’s term: July 2010 (66 dead), June 2010 (60 dead), and October 2009 (58 dead).
For the 558 U.S. soldiers who have died so far on Obama’s watch, 513 (about 92 percent) were killed in combat. Those 513 combat-related deaths on Obama’s watch account for more than half of the 963 combat deaths that have taken place since the war began in October 2001.