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Lessons from Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 5:11 pm (UTC-4)
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“Remember Pearl Harbor” is a battle cry that resonates a bit less each year. America’s “Greatest Generation” that won World War II is giving way to a millennial generation that witnessed its own “day of infamy.”

Stung by the huge death toll from World War I, many Americans at the time were wary of getting involved in World War II. An “America First” movement that advocated neutrality gained popularity. Japan’s surprise attack left the United States with no option other than to enter the war. Winning catapulted the U.S. into the leadership role it maintains today.

75 years later, it’s worthwhile to consider the lessons from Pearl Harbor and assess what still applies after what many consider to be a paradigm changing election.

Obama’s Hiroshima Embrace

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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It was a solemn walk down the promenade for President Barack Obama with Japan’s Prime Minister. With every step, Hiroshima’s Atomic Dome came into focus, the Pond of Peace shimmering brightly thanks to the Eternal Flame licking the sky.
After delicately placing a wreath at the foot of the Memorial Cenotaph, Obama moved to the podium. He took a few extra seconds to begin, to honor the moment: the first President of the United States to visit the city that a predecessor bombed with the deadliest weapon known to man.
Obama acknowledged the magnitude of that decision without apology. He appealed to all nuclear nations, including the United States, “to have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.”
He mourned the innocent from all of the world’s wars, saying “we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.”
Hindsight, they say, is 20-20. And the farther away we get from a historical event, the more clarity we seem to gain.

Obama’s Address on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 11:24 pm (UTC-4)
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“We know that we’ll never be able to wipe out hatred from every single mind. We won’t entirely erase the scourge of anti-Semitism. But like the Righteous, we must do everything we can. All of us have a responsibility. President Barack Obama

The World That Pearl Harbor Created is Coming to an End

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 10:51 am (UTC-4)
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Pearl Harbor fundamentally changed America by shifting more power and authority to the federal government than had ever previously been imagined … In retrospect, that generation’s extraordinary faith in the federal government was a temporary aberration brought about by unique circumstances. Their world no longer exists …

Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 3:15 pm (UTC-4)
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American culture is a victory culture. Coded into the American DNA are the fear of failure and the celebration of winning.