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Useful Idiots: Bias part II

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, August 2010 by chockblock

“In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used.”
— Wikipedia.

Today we have dimmi’s. Those who try and convince us that if we’d only believe, the muslim world would like us. If we’d stop bombing them (for terrorist attacks, 9/11, violent oppression of women, etc.), the Arab would would like us. “Unclench the fist” so to speak.

Sorry, fists are still clenched.

Russia (under Putin) is thumbing it’s nose at our peace efforts. Anti-American Muslims want a mega-mosque next to Ground Zero (with the backing of our leadership)..

BBC Radio has a good podcast on useful idiots.

Yes, on the right there has been support of violent oppressive regimes. But (and this is a Kim Kardashian-sized but) violent anti-western regiems are working together. Most “rightist” regimes were islands of despotism. In South America, Hugo Chavez is trying to work with China, Russian and Iran against the US. Iran is trying to undermine the US in the middle east and supports terror attacks against the US. The Taliban and the Al-Qaeda sponsored terror in Iraq were whitewashed by the left since OIF and OEF.

The left is in love with anything anti-American. Even as they work to undermine the freedoms they enjoy.

Sadly, useful idiots are still with us.

Get the mp3 download of the BBC radio podcast and visit Ace here

(h/t: Ace, Confederate Yankee, Hotair, Blackfive)

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Freedom, Property and the Left

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25, October 2009 by chockblock

Ever since communist government fell in the early 90’s, the American left has had to mask it’s love for Karl Marx. Marx’s murderous philosophy (and that of others who aped him, Mao et al.) has killed millions. This is not an exaggeration, Stalins’s famines, Pol Pots killing fields, China’s “Great Leap Forward” arrested, tortured and killed over 200 million people combined.

Yet as the global economy sputters, the left covers up their crimes. They pine for economic disaster and the fantasy of a government run economy. I had a professor in college that blamed capitalism for the Great Depression and insisted that the New Deal saved the world. It was WWII that saved the economy, as for the world? Many countries turned their backs on capitalism and it took 50 years for them to wise up.

Tell that to the left. For them, the Cold War is a fantasy, history very blurry on our side of the Iron Curtain. Stalin, Mao and Marx are their Draco in Leather pants:

Bold words, especially in academia, where suggesting somebody has communist sympathies — even if he’s carrying a bloody hammer and sickle in one hand and Trotsky’s severed head in the other — instantly draws gleeful cries of “McCarthyism!” I say, if this be blacklisting, make the most of it:

* Miami University’s Robert W. Thurston, in his 1996 book Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, rejects the overwhelming evidence that Stalin’s purges took the lives of millions. He concedes only 681,692 executions in the years 1937 and 1938, and a mere 2.5 million arrests. Even using those low-ball figures, that means that nearly one of every 20 adult Soviet males went to prison and that more than 900 of them were executed per day. Nonetheless, Thurston says Stalin has gotten a bad rap: There was no “mass terror…extensive fear did not exist…[and] Stalin was not guilty of mass first-degree murder.”

* Theodore Von Laue, a professor emeritus of history at Clark University, goes further in a 1999 essay in The Historian. He says it’s the damnable Russian peasantry that ought to be begging poor Stalin for forgiveness: “He supervised the near-chaotic transformation of peasant Eurasia into an urban, industrialized superpower under unprecedented adversities. Though his achievements were at the cost of exorbitant sacrifice of human beings and natural resources, they were on a scale commensurate with the cruelty of two world wars. With the heroic help of his uncomprehending people, Stalin provided his country, still highly vulnerable, with a territorial security absent in all history.” And Stalin was no mere poet, Von Laue adds, but a damn fine technocrat too: “The sophisticated design of Soviet totalitarianism has perhaps not been sufficiently appreciated.”

Fools for Communism,Still apologists after all these years,
Glenn Garvin, Reason Magazine

Those historians, Jackie Kennedy’s “bitter old men”, are bitter because many of them saw the USSR as the shining beacon of hope. They hated America or capitalism so much that a communist state was preferable. They ignored the wars communists started or made worse because one American President dared stand up to the Russian bear:

In his epilogue, with its digressions on the second Iraq war, Meyer flagellates himself for a post-1989 article he wrote that had a “triumphalist tone,” and he urges readers to ponder the wisdom of a Lewis Carroll metaphor: “The world is always partly a mirror of ourselves.” As Meyer explains, “We see all things, enemies especially, through the lens of our own hopes and fears and desires, inevitably distorted.” One wonders if Meyer believes the Soviet Union—responsible for the forced starvation of Ukrainians in the 1930s and for Stalin’s bloody purge trials, to name just two of countless atrocities—deserves that notoriously crude yet ultimately accurate label, “evil empire.”

Reagan, of course, had his flaws, as voluminously documented by scholars, enemies, and sympathizers alike. But Gorbachev, Time’s “Man of the Decade” for the 1980s (unlike Reagan) and a Nobel Peace Prize winner (unlike Reagan), often escapes similar scrutiny. Meyer is more interested in score settling, pointing out that many hard-liners in the Reagan and Bush administrations, several of whom later joined George W. Bush’s administration, misjudged Gorbachev’s seriousness.

Gorbachev’s economic reforms were vague and ad hoc, and they wound up being tremendous failures. …. He avoided repeats of 1956 and 1968, when the Soviet military ruthlessly cracked down on its restive satellites, but did send troops to murder residents of Vilnius, Tblisi, and Baku. As Mary Elise Sarotte observes in her new book 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, Gorbachev “had not sought to introduce completely democratic politics into the Soviet Union.”
The Cold War Never Ended
Michael C. Moynihan , Reason Magazine.

Ronald Regan called a spade a spade. The USSR was an evil empire. Gorby was just a clock punching loser, another apparatchik. He lost when the hard liners tired a coup in 1991. Then the USSR fell. We won.

But twenty years dulls the memories (Again, Michael C. Moynihan) :

In place of the old myths, Meyer erects new ones: “For all the problems they faced…most East Germans had no desire to leave their country,” he insists, “contrary to the impression fostered in the West. Many if not most were perfectly comfortable with the socialist system that guaranteed them work, low-cost housing and free lifelong health care and schooling.” There is no source for this fantastical claim. That a certain measure of nostalgia for the East German dictatorship exists from a distance of 20 years is undeniable, but an opinion poll taken in 1990 showed that 91 percent of East Germans favored unification and, by definition, the dissolution of the “worker’s state.”

Writing In the Wall Street Journal, Brian Anderson reviews the concluding volume of the Marxist trilogy by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Hardt and Negri are the authors of Empire (2000), Multitutude (2004) and now Commonwealth. The books are published by Harvard University Press, supported with the surplus value extracted by capitalists from the back of the proletariat.

Anderson is thus well qualified to assess the merits of Commonwealth as he does. He concludes his review on this fitting note: “Commonwealth is a dark, evil book, and it is troubling that it appears under the prestigious imprimatur of Harvard University Press. Countless millions were slaughtered by adherents of Karl Marx in the 20th century. God help us if the scourge returns in the 21st.”
Commies yes, mommies no!
Powerline Blog

So now that the accounting scandals and bailouts have passed, a new round of parlor pinks it clamoring for Marx. They see the government as more “fair”, “humane” and into “social justice”.
and as the above except shows, ever private property is evil. Bull. That’s just Marxism with the serial number filed off.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry.

In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making ”immoral” and ”obscene” returns while ”the bodies pile up.”

Ledgers tell a different reality. Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That’s anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.

FACT CHECK: Health Insurer Profits Not So Fat
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 25, 2009

Like the commies of yore, they demonize the ‘rich’ even if their ‘facts’ are 100% lies.

Contemporary leftists, on the other hand, view their opponents as people you send off to the Gulag, unworthy of any respect, deserving of any kind of low blow, no matter how foul. So you accuse Goldwater of insanity, slander Justice Thomas as a sexual monster, casually publish plays, books, and films calling for the assassination of President Bush, and assault the first serious Republican female candidate at her weakest point — her family. And of course, you scream to high heaven if any form of turnabout occurs in your direction, as in the case of the Obama family, which was declared “off limits” early in the presidential campaign, at the same time that Palin’s family was being stretched on the media rack. (Someday, somebody has to do a study of liberalism and hypocrisy. It’ll be an awful lengthy volume.)—
The Slander Network
By J.R. Dunn, American Thinker

And now that lefties are in control of the levers of power, here comes the push for control:

Flaws in incentive compensation practices were one of many factors contributing to the financial crisis. Inappropriate bonus or other compensation practices can incent senior executives or lower level employees, such as traders or mortgage officers, to take imprudent risks that significantly and adversely affect the firm. With that in mind, the Federal Reserve’s guidance and supervisory reviews cover all employees who have the ability to materially affect the risk profile of an organization, either individually, or as part of a group.—
Federal Reserve Press Release,, quoted by Hotair.


Thank goodness the government of Barack H. Obama dodged the temptation to allow the Party — sorry, I mean the State — to own all industries; that would be Marxism (which would presumably thrill Anita Dunce). Instead, the banks and industries will all be privately owned — but the owners will take orders directly from the Party.—
Could See This Coming!
by Dafydd ab Hugh

So despite winning the Cold War, despite being shown that Communism doesn’t work, the left is still trying to take freedom away. They hate the individual, private property and success.

Despite the fact that those thing give them the freedom to spew their hate.

Oh well, Fidel Castro said “history will absolve me.” Hisotry has not been kind to Marx et al. Hisotry, despite the lefts attempts to warp it, will show that the left is still made of fail.

The Iron Lady on socialism.

The Iron Lady on socialism.

H/T: SondraK, Instapundit and

Chew on this: Strykers, health care and Dream Cars

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 20, June 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links, Deloreans and a phony vet club gets a beatdown:

  1. VoteVets: not about Vets, and not about voting for them, This ain’t Hell exposes their agenda.
  2. ArmyofDude: more Strykers on the way. Gee, and here I thought that the Strykers sucked? Isn’t that right POGO?
  3. CDR Salamander’s Fullbore Friday: A man jumps a barbwire fence and becomes an icon of hope during the cold war.
  4. So much for hope and change: Ace of Spades reports that the Administration’s agenda is on life support.
  5. “SSG Sean Samaroo Receives Silver Star For His Actions At The Battle Of Wanat, Afghanistan”; Tankerbabe posts a link to a hero of not only receiving a medal, but a range at Fort Jackson is named after that battle.
  6. Georiga, home of Fort Stuart and Fort Benning, is not getting any love from this administration: Chickenhawk Express (h/t: This Ain’t Hell)
  7. Jawa Report: Smoking dope is bad for you. That explains a lot about the American left.
  8. Guess who voted against supporting Iran: Uncle Ron, the bigots pal.
  9. Attack of the Bridezilla: Pujiba brings teh crazy brides and the weddings they commit.
  10. two from Agent Bedhead: Pixar film Up! brings hope to a girl with cancer and Anonymous fights the Iranian regime.
  11. Iraqi’s back the Iranian revolution: Gateway Pundit
  12. Some thoughts on Iran from Brad.

And now a DMC:
John Delorean made a classic car, lost his fortune and inspired the public imagination. His story is the basis of an album and three movies. Neon Neon dedicated their album “Stainless Style” to him:

Chew on this: Iran, Iran so far away… (UPDATED)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17, June 2009 by chockblock

Iran burns, elections are rigged and the President springs into action:

  1. Ace of Spades takes our leadership to task, and so does Powerline, over the administration’s reluctance to lead during this crisis.
  2. The MSM is shut out by Iran’s corrupt regime. So much for old media (Wired/CNN)
  3. The revolution is on twitter and in the streets. (Wired)
  4. The battlespills onto cyberspace. (wired)
  5. Thousands of Mousavi Supporters March in Iran”, video of Iranian militia firing on civilian crowds. *WARNING* CONTAINS VIOLENT FOOTAGE, BE ADVISED (LFG)
  6. CNN gets raked over the coals for not covering the Iran situation early.(CNET)
  7. Guards fire on crowds (Gatewaypundit, WARNING: VIDEO OF GUNFIRE ON CIVILIANS), LFG as more here and here.
  8. NY Times columnist gets pOwned by reality, has to retreat from leftist fantasy land. (Newsbusters)
  9. US asleep at the switch? (Patterico)
  10. Time magazine looks into the election.
  11. The President reacts to the violence in Iran days after it started
  12. Oppositon leader Vows to “Pay any cost” CNN finally jumps on the story.
  13. President Bush Obama plays golf during this crisis, watch his drive! (HT: Doubleplusundead)

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP (if you have twitter) hat Tip from the Jawa Report:

The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter.

1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.

2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.

3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.

4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…

It’s Palin! Get her! AGAIN!

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16, June 2009 by chockblock

So Sarah Palin lost the election, she should be done right?

Wrong. It seems that she won’t go gently into the night. First, she works with government and industry to have a new pipeline built in her state.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – June 11, 2009 – TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) today announced that TransCanada and ExxonMobil have reached an agreement to work together on an Alaska gas pipeline.

She warned us about the current administration’s approach to the economy.

What does she get? Some old dude on the tv joking about having her 14-year old daughter raped. Letterman has no shame, he dodges and evades when taken to task over his slimy remarks. He may even be losing a sponsor because of it.

Why does the left hate strong women? Conservative women stand for something and they get treated like dirt. Sarah Palin is no exception. But she won’t back down. None of us will.

Real women don’t hide behind their gender or race. Real women and men draw a line in the sand and say “NO MORE!”. None of this “we must understand” crap. They are not victims and don’t need anyone to speak for them. The left is full of victims. The victim is always repressed. The victim says “Walk all over me, my pain makes me special.” Because Sarah Palin and others refuse to be victims, the attacks and hatred flow from the “reality based community”.

A real stolen election: Iran in 2009

Posted in politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, June 2009 by chockblock

I was in Florida in 2000 and was there for the debacle over the vote count. Ever since then, we have had to put up with the “George Bush stole the election” crap from the left. They disregarded the legal process and the fact that he won re-election in 2004.

Now the Islamic Republic of Iran has had an “election’. In reality, the thugs Mullahs who run the country select who they want to be Iran’s president. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does a victory dance, the opposition cries foul.

But for those who dreamed of a gentler Iran, Saturday was a day of smoldering anger, crushed hopes and punctured illusions, from the streets of Tehran to the policy centers of Western capitals.

Iranians who hoped for a bit more freedom, a better managed economy and a less reviled image in the world wavered between protest and despair on Saturday. —Reverberations as Door Slams on Hope of Change, NY Times.

Was there ever any doubt? Riots, street battles between the police and opposition and even cut communications. I do like the NY Times “Hope of change” headline. It just shows how out of touch the left is.

The current regime came to power after years of street battles, riots and demonstrations. They can smell when the populace is turning against them. The urban population has always looked to the west, while the poorer rural population swallowed the revolution hook line and sinker. They are the ones most eager to “martyr” themselves for the mullahs.

I see no good coming from this. The mullahs will do what ever they can to keep power. When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the driver never gives up the reigns. They don’t want another revolution, they’ll wind up like the Shah. This election was sham from the beginning:

As a result, Iranian elections are much more about style than about substance. There’s a tendency among analysts to amplify differences, but when it comes to key U.S. policy concerns: Iran’s nuclear ambitions, violent opposition to the Middle East peace process, and support for terrorism, there are none. Remember, that it was under “pragmatist” President ‘Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and “reformist” President Mohammad Khatami that the Islamic Republic not only built up its nuclear capability but also, according to the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, experimented with warhead design.

The last thing to remember is that the real power in the Islamic Republic rests with the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, in the economic sphere, with the Revolutionary Foundations.
Eye on Iran : National Review June 11, 2009.

While the right saw through the smoke and mirrors, the left was like a deer in the headlights:

American neoconservatives have often used the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster their case for aggressive action against Iran. So the assumption might be that they would be rooting for Iranians to take care of the problem themselves by electing reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi in today’s vote.–Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win, Rachel Weiner, The Huffington Post

This would matter if there was a difference between the two candidates. There isn’t one on the issues that count.
The foreign press gets it:

Under the headline, “Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win,” Rachel Weiner wrote that neocons are: “rooting for the anti-American bogeyman to stay in power.”

She stretched a point Daniel Pipes made about Ahmadinejad waking up Europe to the seriousness of the Iranian threat.

Let us review. In 2003, President Bush identified Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “Axis of Evil,” which the left scoffed at. Iran and North Korea have no connection, they argued.

6 years later, we see the connection between their two nuke programs daily. North Korea is helping Iran acquire nuke capabilities and of course, Kim Jong-Il now has a nuke.– Dumping Ahmadinejad on the neocons, Don Surber, UK Dailymail.com (h/t: Stop The ACLU)

Mr. Surber p0wns the left on several points, chief of which is that they embrace any dictator who claims to stand against the west (read America). They even lavish praise on tyrants who murder their own people and start bloody wars. Yes I know the US has supported brutal regimes, but we question those decisions and the left protests our support for them. Question the left’s support for Iran and you get this:

Other neocons, worried a shift in power will signal a fresh start relations with Iran, are already deflating a Mousavi win. The same pundits who constantly point out Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, and nuclear ambitions as reasons to confront Iran now argue that the president doesn’t matter.

Mrs. Weiner, does it hurt when you contort logic like that? The real power is the the mad mullahs who see war with Israel and the west as a holy crusade (no matter how many innocent civilians on all sides die). And that is why Iran’s election was stolen.

War and Peace: Why we upgrade….UPDATED

Posted in ADA, comp, guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12, February 2009 by chockblock

The Return of the Fair Fight

The Air Force fears that the dominance of U.S. airpower has been so complete for so long that it is taken for granted. The ability of the United States to own the skies over any battlefield has transformed the way we fight. The last American soldier killed on the ground by an enemy air attack died in Korea, on April 15, 1953.

Russia, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Pakistan, and others are now flying fourth-generation fighters with avionics that match or exceed the F‑15’s. Ideally, from the standpoint of the U.S. Air Force, the F‑22 would gradually replace most of the F‑15s in the U.S. fleet over the next 15 years, and two or three more generations of American pilots, soldiers, and marines would fight without worrying about attacks from the sky. But that isn’t going to happen.

“It means a step down from air dominance,” Richard Aboulafia, an air-warfare analyst for the Teal Group, which conducts assessments for the defense industry, told me. “The decision not to replace the F‑15 fleet with the F‑22 ultimately means that we will accept air casualties. We will lose more pilots. We will still achieve air superiority, but we will get hurt achieving it.”
The Last Ace
by Mark Bowden

That is not a quote from some right wing nobody, he is the author of “Blackhawk Down.” The point of the article is that cheap, low-cost aircraft that are not “gold-plated” are roadkill. The U.S. advantage in technology is in danger. Our current aircraft fleet is wearing out. Metal fatigue and outdated technology (many contractors went out of business years ago) threaten our Air Force and Navy.

Old legacy Hornets will not last for anything close to 10,000 hours of airframe life no matter what anyone says.

Boeing and the Super Hornet Multi-Year Buy:World Wide War Pigs.

As the Russian S-300 and derivatives come on line in China, Iran and other nations that want to kill us, our aging fighter fleet is being outclassed. Su-27/30 derivatives are also cropping up. China has produced a fight on its own, the J-10, that is just as modern as the F-16. They want to even the odds in a fight with the US. If you want US pilots to come home, you don’t want a fair fight.

Not just fighters, ballistic missiles are becoming even more worrisome. I should know, I am an ADA soldier. Patroit and THAAD work. So does national missile defense. national missile defense faces the budget axe.

Update: it seems that many in Washington have just now caught on to Iran’s nuclear program.

“Little more than a year after U.S. spy agencies concluded that Iran had halted work on a nuclear weapon, the Obama administration has made it clear that it believes there is no question that Tehran is seeking the bomb.”– LA Times

Quite the change from 2008, when Democrats complained that the Bush Administration was “saber rattling“. Iran’s leader wants to wipe out Israel. He wishes to dominate the middle east AND stirke Europe and North America (the U.S. is in North America for those of you on the left).

And for those of you on the left, who voted for and attended rallies for hope and change? HA HA! Expect more wars. From WarIsBoring.com:

But the dramatic flurry of orders masks deeper truths. Those hoping for fewer wars under Obama might be disappointed. In fact, Obama’s plans could result in greater U.S. military involvement across the globe.

As the world burns, several countries will start to see war as a great way to solve their finicial crisis. Armed with newer weapons, they will seriously hurt American interests and kill many Americans unless we modernize. Every year pundits say that our weapons are too expensive and wasteful. every year the same song and dance. Keep our exisiting systems. The money could be spent on the environment/schools/the welfare state etc. Despite what some critics try to sell the American public, we need to upgrade, regardless of the global finicial situation.

The crash of 1929 led to 1939. WWII came from WWI, the fascists rose to power because of the Great Depression. The world right now is on a similar cliff. Or worse fanatics might simply use war to wreak havoc as part of bigger plan.

Yet cuts continue a pace:

D.C. leadership is not taking this issue seriously. This puts at risk the defense posture of the U.S. and her allies. The F-22 is an air domination machine. The F-35 can not be and is so far nothing more than a marketing gimmick for the purpose of having an export fighter market. The USAF needs at least 500-600 F-22s as a minimum to help maintain global security.Report, 500-600 F-22s Needed For USAF:World Wide War Pigs.

In the 1930’s the US military was underfunded and lacking strength. Many campaigned against US involvement in the war in Europe. After pearl harbor, the U.S.. was forced to expand and isolationist groups fell silent, but it took the loss of American lives to reveal the scope of the problem.

Sadly history may repeat itself.