It started as many days do in Hawaii. It was a beautiful day for a come as you-are-war to begin. It was the beginning of a war that would see 12,000,000 Americans in uniform fighting all over the planet against the kind of tyranny we see moving closer and closer to home today. Some people memorialize the ships that we lost that day. I prefer to see the men we lost and the men that stepped up to fight in the war begun by the Empire of Japan on this fateful day in 1941. By and large they were soul of America, the common man that labored in the fields or industry and turned their talents to war on a massive scale.
The scary thing is how easily it will happen again the next time. The time of maximum danger for our navy is not when it is at sea but when it is inport. It really doesn't matter if it's a foreign port or home port since they both have their dangers and some of them are now unspeakable. There are 3 investigations underway into the fire that destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard in its homeport of San Diego. As with the USS Miami, it takes one person, just one man to do catastrophic damage to a warship inport when it is least expected. What once might have passed as negligence is now nothing but arson and a direct attack by other means on the nation and its armed forces.
There are other tiny little problems with security in our ports and other ports but those are for another day. It will be interesting to see what the future brings in terms of inport readiness for war and the effects that will have on little things like television reception within the nearest 40 miles. I'm a little concerend that we've gone from direct and indirect observation of our enemies and our approaches to something else. If it is unbounded faith in the NSA and CIA I suspect our hopes will be dashed, again.
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