Exactly 62 years ago

Today is the 62nd anniversary of a day which will live in infamy. What have we learned since then? Not much good, says attack survivor Frank Karas:

We had cracked the code. Washington knew about it. It's been said for the last 62 years that Roosevelt knew about it, and that was the only way to (get the United States to enter the war) was let the Japanese attack us first. ... When we get intelligence, we've got to use it. Now they're saying, September 11, we had plenty of knowledge but nobody did nothing about it. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. We get these people in office, and they don't know what the hell they are doing.

Some lessons that should not have been learned were. Thanks to Executive Order 9066, Eiichi Edward Sakauye says:

The idea of giving up our homes, our property, our crops, was a great tragedy ... nowhere in history has anything like that happened ... I believe that if we had a little more understanding of each other, be compassionate, I don't think they would have done that. ... We were denied the rights of an American citizen. ... Our fathers, mothers sacrificed their sons and daughters for America.

War corrupts. Absolute war corrupts absolutely. Remember that, W.

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hindsight is 20/20. our

hindsight is 20/20. our intel analysts are overwhelmed with reports, and intelligence. Did we have all the clues to anticipate 9/11? Probably, but we never could had stopped it.

Imagine the media outcry if the follwing things happened back in 2000:

-FBI started questioning men of Middle Eastern decent who attended flight schools.

-INS started deporting illegal immigrants from all nations.

-Treasury Dept freezing assets of numerous charities.

Even in 2003 these activities cause Americans a lot of discomfort. I guess in the long run Americans simply choose freedoms over security.

"Total war corrupts totally"

"Total war corrupts totally" would be a more apposite version of Lord Acton's aphorism.

But I don't see the point of writing that note to W. right now. This isn't total war; it's barely even partial war. I fear America won't get serious until there's another attack here.

Roosevelt didn't just see

Roosevelt didn't just see the attack coming. According to Robert Stinnett, he was hoping and praying for it. His policy for a year or more had been to maneuver the U.S. into a war with Japan, in which the Japanese fired the first shot.

The results of FDR's infamous crime, in the ensuing 62 years? The U.S. has been a garrision state in a permanent state of warfare. The permanent war economy, with associated military industrial complex, has distorted our economic system beyond recognition. The domestic national security state, with a plethora of internal security legislation and executive orders for martial law, has mushroomed out of control. And the blowback from being an imperial power now has us in another phase of the never-ending war, but with the name of the enemy changed.

FDR raped America.

I have some serious doubts

I have some serious doubts about FDR allowing the attack to happen. The conspiracy would have to include dozens of top officials and I just don't think everyone would be on board for such a convoluted reason.

I have some serious doubts

I have some serious doubts about FDR allowing the attack to happen. The conspiracy would have to include dozens of top officials and I just don't think everyone would be on board for such a convoluted reason.

I have doubts about FDR specifically allowing Pearl Harbor, but his policy towards Japan was definitely one of provocation.