Today is Pearl Harbor DayÂ
That is the Wreck of the USS Cassin, and USS Downes.Â In the background is the USS Pennsylvania.Â It is a lesson in being unprepared, and in the folly of believing our oceans still protect us.Â America took a stand against Japanese imperial aggression in east Asia by passing sanctions against Japan, but we were unprepared for war.
There are those who argue Pearl Harbor is a lesson in getting involved, and those who argue it cautions against isolationism.Â I am in the latter category.Â America’s entrance into World War II was inevitable, but the sense of isolationism that pervaded the American populace left the country wholly unprepared for war, and left Pearl Harbor vulnerable.Â There is no going back to the days when we could count on the Royal Navy to protect global trade networks.Â That responsibility now falls on us. Â Pearl Harbor is a big part of the reason I can’t vote for Ron Paul. Â Whether you call it isolationism or non-interventionism is of little matter to me. Â Paul’s philosophy is inward looking.Â While I share his concerns about our nation remaining sovereign, the United States has a role to play in the world, and Pearl Harbor was the wakeup call that it was time to step up.