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Monday, December 7, 2009

"A date that will live in infamy ..."

As readers well know, we love history. As much as we eat, breathe, sleep, and live politics, the same is true of history. And just as 11 September 2001 will never be forgotten, nor should today be any different. Sixty-eight years ago the Japanese Imperial Empire attacked the US naval station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which brought us into World War II. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, as did Italy. Below is the speech that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave to a joint session of Congress asking them to issue a formal declaration of war on Japan.

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.


The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Then, the nation rallied to take on those that had attacked us. In 2001, we did the same. We can draw so many parallels between now and then -- and that goes for the Greatest Generation that rose to defend this nation then as we have a similar generation now.

There are so few World War II veterans alive today. If you know of one, thank them for rising to the occasion, and sacrificing to protect America. If you don't know one, head down to your local VFW, and thank those there for what they did then. Hell, buy them a beer. It's the least we can do today for those that accepted their duty to stand up and defend America against the machinations of not only Imperial Japan, but Nazi Germany and Mussolini's fascists in Italy.

Publius II