Dec 7, 1941 Another date Americans must never forget

While the world is aware of the tragic events  of 911 there is another date in our history when we were attacked by the Japanese  navy at our base in Pearl Harbor  resulting in the death of over 2,000 Americans.

Today we are fighting a new enemy, using different tactics, yet it is still important for us to not lose focus on the first obligation of our government. That is to provide for our safety which requires a strong standing military supported by every US citizen.

The following is the opening text from a  report.

“It was 68 years ago, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese navy launched a surprise military strike against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The news of the attack sent a shockwave across the United States, united the nation, and brought the country into full-scale involvement in World War II.

The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers and one minelayer, and destroyed 188 aircraft.

The casualty list included 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included in this total were 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona.”

We can all debate the legacy of former  president Ronald Reagan.
One of his famous foreign policy positions, that I fully support, was his “Peace through Strength, the doctrine that military strength is a primary or necessary component of peace. It is the opposite of a policy of appeasement”.

 Living in southern CA, so close to Hawaii, I would urge every Hawaii vacationer to include a visit to the Arizona Memorial.

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