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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME

The numbers of people who actually remember Pearl Harbor are shrinking but still sizeable. The overwhelming majority of people who know of it secondhand understand little of the history of that time. That’s what make’s it seem inevitable that people are doomed to repeat history. They never learn from it.

I think it’s ironic that so many of the attitudes of the 1930’s are so prevalent today. Intellectuals, sophists, and the naïve continue to think we should bury our heads in the sand and ignore the conditions in the world around us. We are faced by a movement that would take the world back to the seventh century, and there are people who insist if we’d just talk to them nicely, leave them alone, maybe back off in our support of the only bastions of freedom left in the Middle East and Asia, the people who want to cut off our heads for not accepting their twisted ideology would leave us alone.

Eighty percent of the American public was against entering WW II - until we were attacked on December 7, 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently bypassed Congress and the State Depertment, was given extraordinary power by Congress in early 1941 to help the Brits, as Germany continued to pound their cities, by providing ships, equipment, and supplies through the Lend Lease Act. As the Nazis stormed across Europe and the Japanese across the Pacific, the average American’s opinion was, “That’s their business.”

The Munich Agreement proved that tyrants can’t be trusted and that guarantees are rarely worth the paper upon which they are written.

http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~jobrien/reference/ob66.html

Failing to come to the aid of those attacked only delays the time when you too will be attacked, and the costs escalate each day you delay. It’s funny how things come around. The recent NIE report is suddenly being embraced by the same people who have criticized the intelligence community over the past six years. Something smells to high heaven, and even the Los Angeles Times has reported about fears and concerns about the abrupt about-face.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-arabs6dec06,1,5941118.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

Can you say partisan politics in the State Department?

Are we to ask, as Jim Lehrer did a couple of days ago, “What else is there to know?” Since when do these people swallow something so complex and so contradictory so easily? Perhaps it's when it supports what they WANT to believe? But are we that naïve to think that NIE Deputy Director of Analysis Fingar suddenly believes the exact opposite of what he stated as little as 5 months ago?

Scroll down to the bottom of page 8:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2007/12/nie_an_abrupt_aboutface.asp

What new information do we have now that we didn’t have four years ago? Will anyone ask whether Iran, who has repeatedly lied about their nuclear program over the years, will admit to having a nuclear weapons program until 2003? That’s what the NIE said. They said they think they stopped. Or will they be willing to do another Chamberlain, wave their piece of paper to the crowd and say everything’s gonna be all right? See? We have proof!

Oh, and funny how the media was so horrified when the identity of CIA desk jockey Valerie Plame-Wilson was inadvertently revealed, but they’re foaming at the mouth now that they know CIA tapes that would have revealed and compromised the identities of CIA interrogators have been destroyed and no longer able to be leaked into their sticky fingers. It‘s the CIA folks. They’re supposed to be secret! Oh well.

Use your head, folks.

May God bless all those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to keep us free, and may God bless my nephew Daniel who would have been thirty-one today. After nearly eleven years, we still love and miss you Scotty Pot, and I know you know that.

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Out on Manzanella Beach
G.I. romance with native peach
All night long, make tropic love
Next day, sit in hot sun and cool off

Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola
Go down Point Koomahnah
Both mother and daughter
Workin' for the Yankee dollar


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