Pearl Harbor and the Legacy of Carl Vinson

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

For nearly a decade before Pearl Harbor, Vinson had schemed and politicked in brilliant fashion to ensure that America was building a two-ocean navy larger than all the major navies of the world combined.

Vinson had assumed in the mid-1930s that fascist Japan and Germany posed existential threats to the United States. For America to survive, he saw that America would need mastery of the seas to transport its armies across the Pacific and Atlantic.

From 1934 to 1940, Vinson pushed through Congress four major naval appropriations bills. The result was that the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which Japan thought it had almost destroyed in December 1941, was already slated to be replaced by a far larger and updated armada.

A little more than seven months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Essex — the finest carrier in the world — was launched. Essex was the first of 24 such state-of-the-art fleet carriers of its class to be built during the war.

-Victor Davis Hanson, READ MORE at NationalReview.com


December 7, 2017 In America

 

December 7, 2017 In America

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, In America
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, In America

On this day in 1941 the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight huge battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

Some historical pictures from December 7, 1941:

Pearl Harbor Attack

U.S.S. Arizona, BB-39

Pearl Harbor 12/7/1941

Pearl Harbor Attack

Japan surrenders on September 2, 1945 on the U.S.S. Missouri

 

September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent. Together with the British Empire and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being “prompt and utter destruction”. -Wikipedia

 

Pearl Harbor today
Aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island in center. The Arizona memorial is the small white dot on the left side above Ford Island.

December 7, 2017 In America

December 5, 2017 In America

As a Texan licensed to carry a concealed firearm I support this legislation

Ask Your U.S. Representative to Vote for H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017!

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will be up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 6.  Please contact your U.S. Representative TODAY and ask him/her to vote for H.R. 38! 

Your fundamental right to keep and bear arms should not end at the state line. This bill would ensure that law-abiding citizens do not lose the ability to protect themselves when they travel from state to state. And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights.

H.R. 38 DOES NOT:

  • Allow prohibited persons to carry firearms;
  • Create a federal licensing or registration system;
  • Establish national standards for concealed carry; or
  • Override state laws governing the time, place and manner of carrying concealed.

Again, please IMMEDIATELY contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 224-3121 and via email, and urge him/her to vote for H.R. 38 on Wednesday, December 6!  

-NRA-ILA


What Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Could Mean for the Middle East

As a presidential candidate speaking to American supporters of Israel, Donald Trump vowed that, if elected, “We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

In June, Trump signed the same waiver his three predecessors signed to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv. But this week, he is set to make an announcement on his plans.

-Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal


RNC Jumps Back into Alabama Race Behind Judge Roy Moore

MOBILE, Alabama — The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now again backing Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. The RNC’s decision to now publicly support Moore again comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s wholehearted endorsement of Moore on Monday morning.

-Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News


December 5, 2017 In America