Pearl Harbor: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack is upon us
It is truly sad that our civilian and military leadership let down our courageous fighting forces at Pearl Harbor. People around the world realized that an attack was imminent. Newspapers were publishing that an attack was coming.
Many Americans who realize this was not a sneak attack will fall back to other positions, such as that we did not KNOW that Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor. Strange. The Secret orders attached below make clear that we prepared for an attack on California, just one week before the actual attack.
Checking the globe, I do not know the wise naval routes to travel from Japan to attack Pearl Harbor or San Francisco, but direct sailing is about 3,800 miles to PH, and about 5,000 miles to SF. So we literally prepared for an attack on California, and left Hawaii (and Philippines) flatfooted.
Next fallback is that Japan was slightly late on the Declaration of War. Who cares? We KNEW an attack was imminent. Period. There is no way around this fact.
Our people died at Pearl Harbor as sacrificial lambs. That an attack was coming was headline news.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, our people never waited for the enemy to announce they were about to blast us. We KNEW attacks were coming, and if any commander failed to post guards (as happened at Camp Bastion when we lost the Harriers and two Marines), that is not the fault of the enemy.
When has America bothered declaring war? The last time we declared war was after the attacks on December 7, 1941.
[Technical correction: More accurately, I should have written that beyond the scope of World War II, the USA has not declared war. Days after the Pearl Harbor attack, we did declare war against Germany and Italy, and months later against Hungary, Bulgaria, and finally on 05 June 1942 against Romania, which was America's final declaration of war. Since that time, there have been authorisations of use of force, but no declarations of war.]
All those countless wars we had -- and are having -- since World War II, are all undeclared. How many wars has that been?
It would be difficult, requiring serious historians, and probably help from CIA, to make a full listing of the wars involving the US since WWII.
As example, I looked at a list today, and noticed off the top of my head that some are missing, such as the war against Chinese in Tibet.
We did not declare war on the Chinese for that round. Most Americans do not seem to realize we fought a proxy war against China in Tibet. I found out by accident in a remote Nepalese village, and later confirmed it to be true. (Now it is more well known.)
We trained and equipped Khampa people in Colorado, and inserted them to fight Chinese. Kissinger and Nixon squashed this later.
The more one studies the events leading to the "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor, the more one realizes that our people who died there, were sacrificial lambs to bait Japan, after we prodded and poked and strangled Japan.
We had physically attacked Japanese for years -- years -- and probably 99.999% of Americans do not realize we were already killing Japanese before they struck back. Things they do not teach us in school.
Check out the first paragraph in the Secret orders below: "It is desired that Japan commit the first overt act if hostilities cannot be avoided."
The US was making no moves whatsoever to avoid hostilities. We were practically demanding that Japan attack us.
Sacrifical lambs. A day that will live in ironic infamy.