Thursday, May 19, 2005

A Tale of Two Presidents 

I received the following in an email today from my friend Hank Yuloff, and thought it was worth posting here as a reminder.
The United States was attacked on Sunday, December 7, 1941.

On that day, the country began to pull together, and, with strong leadership, put together the most awesome military complex known to man. Our military, then only the 5th or 6th most powerful on the globe, planned, grew, attacked, and conquered. They became, as they are today, a dedicated, heroic group of Americans. That is why our parents are known as The Greatest Generation.

It took 1346 days to defeat the Empire of Japan.

Why am I waxing poetic about a war fought and won 60 years ago? Because today is May 19, 2005.

Our country was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Yep... that was 1346 days ago.

I leave it to you to figure out why things are different.
Why, indeed. Why were our grandparents able to kick the asses of three different countries, while their children can't finish business in a relatively powerless country with an even bigger, better equipped army?

Hint: a fish rots from the head down.

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