Thursday, July 22, 2004

1,045 Days and Counting

Two Days of Infamy, Two Different Results

The first "Day of Infamy" was Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. What followed was the most significant war for our nation in the last century in WWII.

The United States declared war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941. On Dec. 11th Germany and Italy declared war on the US, and the US responded in kind.

Only two and a half years later, on June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy on D-Day. Less than a year later, the US was victorious in Europe (May 8, 1945, V-E Day) and on Sept. 2, 1945 Japan also surrendered.

So in less than four years (1,365 days to be exact) the US won the war against Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo.

Similarly, on Sept. 11, 2001 our nation suffered a second day of infamy. It has now been almost 3 years (1,045 days) since that fateful day.

What has been our progress in the war on terror which followed 9/11?

At this point in WWII, D-Day had already occurred (912 days), and we were well on our way to victory. In comparison, we have not yet captured Osama bin Laden and there has recently been discussion of postponing elections in response to terrorist threats.

With this being the case, how is our progress in the war on terror considered a strength for President Bush? More importantly how can he justify declaring "Mission Accomplished" on an aircraft carrier over a year ago?

Our victory in WWII was a tremendous accomplishment of leadership, sacrifice, and military prowess.

Meanwhile, our current war is continuing, and I don't see any end in sight.

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