Neocon Stuff: I React To Pearl Harbor

Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 08:25 AM

A few threads back, yours truly did a pretty mean bit about how neocons are basically worse than parrots, "echoing" the comments and ideas of others, without using their own brains....

So, again, I get more email trash from one. You may have seen one similar: How Liberals Would've Reacted To Pearl Harbor.

Dumb, and of course, the usual Republinazi nonsense: A picture (probably culled from the USN archives), of one of the scenes of the carnage of Pearl, and a cartoon overlay, indicating Ted Kennedy, Kerry, and Michael Moore, and all with signs about: "It's America's Fault!"...

Motherfucking apoplectic is putting my reaction nicely. Klingon Blood Feud would be far more accurate.

Childish, to say the least. Oh, yes, the implication is that were it Dec 7, 2005, and not 1941, the libs would poopoo the whole thing, correct? That we'd vote against war? That's their take on it, of course.

But, this time, the sender fucked the approach and landed wheels up. The receiver happens to have penned some damned kick-ass papers back in my school days, on WW2, on the Pacific conflict, and thanks to my dad's friend, a career USAF man and military historian, well, these neocons picked on the wrong liberal to piss on.

See, the attack on Pearl was but one of a few attacks that took place 12-7-41. Other areas, too, felt the attack of Japanese forces. An equivalent to 911? Not unless ten squadrons of 757's were used, and about a dozen cities were attacked, so get your fucking facts straight.

Did we know Al Qaeda was going to attack? Yes, provided someone in the Chimp Camp bothered to read the intel provided by many sources, including the outgoing Clinton crew. Did we know the Japanese planned to attack back in 1941?

Yes and no. Yes, many felt an attack was coming, but the "when", "where" and other details were not exact, and yet:

-A joint Army-Navy intel report handed to Admiral Husband Kimmel warned: "The Japanese would use sneak attack, probably on a weekend, with a carrier force of at least six carriers."

-Colonel Rufus Bratton, head of Army G2, studying a handful of Magic intercepts (decoded transmissions between Tokyo and the various embassies), took one look and gasped: "They are going to attack us! Japan is going to attack us!" week prior.

Pearl was coming, we just didn't know it would be among the targets. Bratton's prediction slid home...a week too soon.

"Well, you libs would've......!"

Fuck you sideways, asswipe. Guess again.

Isoruku Yamamoto, the commander-in-chief of the fleet had studied at Harvard, and warned his men just before the fleet sailed: "Many think Americans are indolent, lazy, self-possessed."

"This is an error. I have worked beside them, studied, and I know this to be a fact."

"Americans are a proud, just people."

"If we are to engage in war with America, we will be fighting a most formidable foe."

And then, when the smoke was just clearing?

"Our prime targets, the carriers were not there. In that, our objective has not succeeded."


"I have just learned that our ultimatum was delivered 50 minutes after the attack had commenced."

"I cannot think of what would infuriate the Americans more."

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

Oh, but it's worse, those of you who do not read your history, neocons, especially...

SOS Cordell Hull had just gotten off the phone with FDR. He wished total confirmation of the news...before...he received Ambassadors Nomura and Kurusu.

Then, that done, he read the multi-part Ultimatum.

He was aghast.

The Ultimatum did not even hint at war. All it said was that diplomatic efforts had failed, and Japan was shutting down any other attempts. In the wording, which was "so filled with distortions, half-truths", it just baffled him and others at to what the document meant.

It didn't matter: A liberal democrat said it better than anyone could have.....

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

And that was said by a liberal.

Imagine that!