Seventy-five years ago today, Japan launched a treacherous surprise attack on the United States that killed over 2400 Americans at Pearl Harbor. So what really happened? And why is Obama’s spokes imbecile dissing World War II vets?
From the brilliant historian Victor Davis Hanson:
Imperial Japan was not, as often claimed, forced into a corner by a U.S. oil embargo, which came only after years of horrific Japanese atrocities in China and Southeast Asia. Instead, an opportunistic and aggressive fascist Japan gambled that the geostrategy of late 1941 had made America uniquely vulnerable to a surprise attack.
By December 1, 1941, Nazi Germany, Japan’s Axis partner, had reached the suburbs of Moscow. Japan believed that the German army would soon knock the Soviet Union out of the war.
Japan had also hedged its bets by signing a nonaggression pact with the Soviets. Japanese leaders assumed that even if communist Russia survived, Japan could avoid a costly land war on its rear flank. The U.S., not Japan, would likely have a two-front war.
By 1941, the Netherlands, France and Belgium had all been defeated and occupied by the Third Reich. Only the British remained of the original European anti-Axis allies, and London had been under constant aerial assault by the German Luftwaffe during the Blitz. Japan figured that Germany and Italy might soon win the war and wished to pile on before it ended.Japan had calculated that all of Europe’s resource-rich Pacific and Asian colonies were now orphaned and up for grabs. By starting a Pacific war and knocking out the U.S., Japan could get its hands on the resources necessary to fuel its war machine.
British-held Singapore and the American bases in the Philippines were isolated and poorly defended. And they would be completely cut off once the U.S. Seventh Fleet and air arm were neutralized at Pearl Harbor.
Starting a war in the Pacific meant the Japanese would have easy access to huge supplies of oil, rubber, rice and strategic metals for their new-found mercantile empire, the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
The U.S. also had lost military deterrence. The Japanese had watched carefully as America did little to help its two closest allies: France and Great Britain. The former was easily overrun by the Nazis, the latter bombed unmercifully.
The Japanese figured that Americans were war-weary after World War I, and they were right. And as always, when the United States retreats from a leadership role in the world, the enemies of freedom crawl out from under various rocks and try to put their world domination plans into action. The Empire of Japan calculated wrong. When attacked, America responded ferociously, and rid the world of the Axis powers.
Now that Japanese Prime Minister Abe is going to visit Pearl Harbor, the Obama Regime’s spokesflack says get over it. From The Daily Caller:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America.
It was announced Monday that Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor since it was hit by a surprise attack that killed 2,403 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II. The visit reciprocates President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima earlier this year for the anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on the city.
And speaking of Obama, who along with his repellant wife, has shown great enthusiasm for travelling to Hawaii, will he be visiting Pearl Harbor today? No. In fact, based on the schedule the White House released, after he receives the Presidential Daily Brief at 10 a.m., he is unbooked for the day.
Unlike the One, many of you will be remembering the men who died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. If you have never had the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Arizona, where some of them remain entombed in their watery graves, I can tell you that it is an extremely moving experience. I was unprepared for the emotion I would feel looking down into the ruin of the destroyed ship, thinking about the young men who perished. May they rest in peace and may God continue to bless the United States of America.