In 1941, our Navy, as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was neutralized for a number of months. At the same time, the Japanese took control of the Philippines, seized Wake Island from the United States and Hong Kong from the British, as well as the Dutch East Indies and French Indochina.
Things looked pretty grim, but the United States and its allies persevered. Our fathers and grandfathers fought and died and were successful, and we all today live with the freedoms that so many take for granted.
Today we have Gen. David Petraeus showing some success at turning things around in Iraq, but our cut-and-run politicians only insult him and, with Hillary Clinton in the lead, seem to be in the majority.
What would it have been like if these Democratic politicians had been in the majority in the spring of 1942 and been willing to lose a war in order to win an election? What would our lives be like now? Scary thought, but look to history to see the future.
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CAROLE CALLAHAN CONGER