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Guns and Pensions

samplin Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 AM
Most high school students never really get to study WWII and rarely will any teacher talk about how badly prepared the US military was in 1941 when a lot of the fleet was wiped out one Sunday morning. Billy Mitchell predicted the rise of Japan and that the Japanese would use air power to attack the US and what happened? They court-martialed Billy Mitchell and his predictions came true. The only way Americans learn about this is to watch old movies.
scott s. Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:24 PM
I can't agree with your history. The reality is that the US began to arm in the mid-30s. Now I suppose it is possible the US could have dedicated so much resource to the military that we would be virtually impossible to attack, but I don't think it is realistic to have expected that kind of build up to happen. As it was, we were far enough along that 6 months after the initial attacks we were on the permanent strategic offensive.
Lars795 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:50 AM
Yes, but the only movie the Libs will allow is one like "1941", "Buck Privates", or others in the same like.
AZhot Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:38 AM
Ignorance is indeed bliss. We must be the most blissful country on earth.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:39 AM
There are a lot of good books. Authors like John Toland told about the buildup to WW2. The history of the Weimar Republic aka Germany between the WW's. Get your kids to read them. Even just for fun (sort of) books like Martin Caiden's books, "Thunderbolt", "The Flying Forts", "The Forked Tail Devil" are my favorites but he wrote others that delve more into the history. There are a lot of others, these are the few I know about.
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