How Pearl Harbor Changed The U.S. 68 Years Ago Today and What The President Told a Shocked Nation

Andrew Malcolm in the Los Angeles Times:

Last week we had President Obama’s less-than-rousing Afghanistan war speech, trying to have it both ways by dispatching more troops while promising a scheduled departure. And not once using the word “victory.”

Today, coincidentally, is the 68th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, where shortly the 44th president will fly with his family and White House entourage for a holiday vacation. Few Ticket readers will remember the shock that swept the country that quiet Sunday, not unlike 9/11 would do 60 years later. And the millions of lives affected by those events.

So here as a political refresher are two historic videos — one about the actual attack itself by 350 planes from Imperial Japanese aircraft carriers more than 200 miles away.

The other video includes President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous war speech the very next day, the one saying that Dec. 7, 1941, would live in infamy. And here we are 24,837 days later remembering.

And now a real presidential war speech from the days of radio when voice and words mattered more than looks.


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  • 5by5

    Obama didn't use the word “victory” mainly because no one can actually define what precisely constitutes victory in Afghanistan, and they sure as hell can't define it in Iraq.

    This is part of the problem.

    The Flightsuit-in-Chief leaped before he looked, and now we're in a FUBAR world of hurt. Bush's brilliant tactic of surrounding Osama bin Laden on three sides didn't exactly help either. Especially since the fourth side was Pakistan.

    I'm sure Obama and everyone else appreciate the Gordian knot the little jerk left us all to untie.

    • Pal

      How come it is everyone else's fault that Obama can not do what he said he would do. So if GWB did everything wrong Obama must be less of a prez if he is unable to fix it?

      • honu

        Wrong. GWB is a fool and a pawn. He did truly bring this country into the current mess it's in and my personal belief is that he did it to help his corporate friends make alot of money. Obama is intelligent but there is something wrong with how he's handling Afghanistan (especially since it's already reported that there's secret operations in Pakistan and is a front for this war on terror). I wish I could understand who's pulling his strings. Obama has gone back on a few promises already and now his expansion of the war on terror at a time when we cannot financially support it nor does the public want it, tells me that the back room negotiations forced Obama somehow. It's sad actually and I think if he continues down this path, the level of disillusion with our entire system of govenment may actually turn revolutionary.

  • tonyviner

    Surprise attack? http://www.10-7truth.org

  • honu

    Wrong. GWB is a fool and a pawn. He did truly bring this country into the current mess it’s in and my personal belief is that he did it to help his corporate friends make alot of money. Obama is intelligent but there is something wrong with how he’s handling Afghanistan (especially since it’s already reported that there’s secret operations in Pakistan and is a front for this war on terror). I wish I could understand who’s pulling his strings. Obama has gone back on a few promises already and now his expansion of the war on terror at a time when we cannot financially support it nor does the public want it, tells me that the back room negotiations forced Obama somehow. It’s sad actually and I think if he continues down this path, the level of disillusion with our entire system of govenment may actually turn revolutionary.