Let’s look back to World War II. Long before Pearl Harbor, U.S. planes with American pilots, paid by U.S. government, with Chinese markings, ambushed and shot down Japanese planes. We called them Flying Tigers. At that time, from polls it was found that more than 60 percent of Americans opposed war; especially entanglement in European war. Most believed in the Monroe Doctrine, which today is roundly ignored. The majority of U.S. citizens were vilified as “isolationists.” It seemed that to support our own country was unpatriotic. The same exists today.
In 1941, Japanese industry depended on U.S. petroleum products, oil, to function. Our Congress imposed an embargo on all oil shipments to Japan. The secret Japanese military code was broken, and known to our government. It was known that an attack from Japan was imminent. On Dec. 7, radar sentinels in Hawaii reported the approach of large flights of unknown aircraft. They were ordered to ignore the aircraft. We know what followed.
Over in the north Atlantic Ocean, U.S. Navy ambushed and sank German submarines without declaration of war or any warning.
In a Mideast war in which U.S. forces were illegally involved, the American Navy ship Liberty was attacked by “friendly forces,” and American seamen were killed.
Congress has attempted to take up, and often let slide, the vital issue of war powers. It appears that our congress has been impotent in promoting best interest of our country. The war mongers have prevailed. We borrow money from China and other countries and use it to wage illegal war — even fighting another country’s war. Our deficit soars. Value of the dollar declines in down spiraling economy.
Where is the remedy for the above? In this, it appears to me, our Congressman Huizenga is as useless as those who preceded him.
— Arnie Kelm, Muskegon