Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dec 7, 1941. Never forget the REAL Pearl Harbor.

I've been struggling to figure out how I would talk about the Battle of Pearl Harbor and its commemoration today.  I settled on the above pic with the thought that we SHOULD remember it...only the REAL Pearl Harbor and not the mythology that built up around it.

We were caught flat footed and the Japanese hit us hard.  The reality is that on the day in question, our military failed.  Good men died doing their duty aboard ship.  Civilians were gunned down in their vehicles and homes.  Why? Because leadership was sold on their ideology and didn't see it coming.

Ignore the mythology.  The Battle of Pearl Harbor is perhaps the greatest naval defeat the US has ever suffered.

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