Sunday, August 14, 2005

WWII and TWOT: 60 Years after VJ Day

On August 14, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender, 1,346 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. produced 270,000 airplanes in the years 1942 to 1945. (Photo: Air Force Historical Research Agency)
It has been 1,433 days since September 11, 2001, and we still have not yet furnished our troops with effective body armor:
The ceramic plates in vests worn by most personnel cannot withstand certain munitions the insurgents use. But more than a year after military officials initiated an effort to replace the armor with thicker, more resistant plates, tens of thousands of soldiers are still without the stronger protection because of a string of delays in the Pentagon's procurement system.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

The difference is leadership. In 1945 we were lucky to have a visionary leader who was honest about the sacrifice and pain the the country would need to endure.

Our goals were clearly spelled out and th entire country was invloved in moving us toward meeting those goals.

In 2001 we had a myopic leader who used a tragedy for short term partisan gain. Who paid off his benefactors with first war time tax cut ever. A President who never formulated any rational goals and who split the country with his abject lack of statemanship.

9:28 AM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

HST: The buck stops here.

W: I think about Iraq every day.

10:07 AM, August 15, 2005  

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