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January 20, 2021: A Date That Will Live in Infamy

Guest Piece By Gregg Updike

January 20, 2021 was our third day in the last eighty years that will “Live in Infamy”.

Like the other two days it was a beautiful clear crisp morning, but by the end of the day in my Tennessee it will be raining and miserable.  And like the other two days the three “man caused disasters” all occurred through a lack of intelligence and carefully choreographed manipulation.

The first was a political manipulation of a nation 4,800 miles from the continental United States that Americans cared little about in order to get the United States into another foreign entanglement on the other side of Asia that most citizens desperately wanted to avoid at all costs.   December 7, 1941 was blamed on a failure of intelligence, and two local commanders were scapegoated for the disaster; no other people in power were sanctioned.

A willful bliss and pervasive ignorance among our nation’s intelligence organizations coupled with a badly flawed foreign, domestic and economic policy which unnecessary increased our dependence on foreign oil once again failed to connect the dots and 9-11 happened.  Again, no policy makers were held accountable or sanctioned for that failure.

Yesterday completed the trifecta, the dream of the Left, to manipulate enough Americans to accept the final step in the slow methodical decline of the greatest, most prosperous and most generous nation on earth.  Now we have the frailest figurehead ever to hold our highest office run by a massive cabal of anti-Americans with absolutely no checks and balances.  Unlike twelve years ago when the same figurehead became the empty suit vice president of the empty suit president and controlled the legislative branch with massive majorities in both houses of congress, this time he controls congress with the slimmest of margins, so one might think we would be relatively safe from the most radical of impulses of the new administration.  Unfortunately, that is not the case this time around, not with all the GOP frauds who are more than willing to cross the aisle in the spirit of “unity and “bipartisanship”.

We are now going to be governed by the oldest president and the oldest congressional leadership in our history.  One might think, that with age comes wisdom and restraint, and in the past, you would be correct in that assumption.  However, that dynamic has changed for several reasons:

These septuagenarians and octogenarians who are now in positions of power are all from the sixties’ radical generation who never grew up and never gave up their quest to “fundamentally change America”.  It took a long time, but now the path is clear for them to put the pedal to the metal.

Yesterday, was the culmination of a massive intelligence failure of the collective body politic.   It will prove to be much more damaging in the short and long term to our republic because it will be irreversible under the current fraudulent election process.  Regardless of the amount and nature of the massive and undeniable election fraud, the fact remains that at least 60 million Americans could not be bothered to cast a vote to save their country and at least another 60 million Americans actively voted for the destruction of our Constitutional Republic and the elimination of the last vestiges of its system of checks and balances.

In 1968, when I was in the third grade, I learned of the American system of government and how we citizens were able to vote for our leadership.  I felt, what a great system we have; a system to cherish, a system that will ensure the success of the nation forever.  What I was taught back then sadly is not taught to our youth today in most of our schools.  The seeds of our destruction were being planted, very quietly, and very surreptitiously through a series of laws, and court decisions that few saw coming and thus few fought against.  There were many other distractions the MSM were using to keep much of this growing cancer off the radar.  So much for the fourth estate being the nation’s watchdog via the “free press”.  They then, like now were active participants in the propagandizing of America.

The Vietnam War was used as a distraction to keep the masses unaware; it was also used to get Americans used to the idea that defeat was a viable alternative to success, particularly in these “optional wars”.  Prior to Vietnam, defeat, or more correctly, a lack of victory, was an anathema to the American Psyche.  Now such outcomes are baked into the cake.  Our military and our nation were manipulated into accepting stalemated outcomes that always cost us dearly and gained us nothing ever since.  Also, since the seventies, our all-volunteer military has become a social petri dish with the ultimate goal of reducing its readiness and effectiveness.

Then came the contrived gasoline shortages of the seventies which showed everyone just how vulnerable we were to many of the third world’s most despotic rulers.

The 1980 election of Ronald Wilson Reagan reversed our march to the fundamental change the Left so desperately craved; at this time, the sixties’ radicals were beginning to come into positions of power.  Reagan was the original MAGA president, and showed the world that good, when properly applied, can overcome evil.  He was also mocked and strongly opposed by the Left and they went into hiding under the radar for most of his eight years.  Sadly, they weren’t defeated, not even close, they just continued to do their evil deeds under the radar via the manipulation of education and thought.  By the eighties, our federal government was so monolithic that it became a force unto its own and was able to drive a hidden agenda that even Reagan (and later Trump) could not halt.  He was only successful in abating its worst excesses.  But the USSR was ultimately defeated and that was a big blow to the Left.  Reagan brought peace, prosperity and pride back to America and was roundly ridiculed for it by his powerful and influential critics on the Left that he was not able to defeat.  With the 1988 landslide election of his stooge vice president (another bad appointment by a pro-America president) the Left’s survival was assured.

In the ensuing 28 years we had a succession of weak (at best) Republican presidents and radical Democratic presidents that fully reengaged the Left; often under the premise of “bipartisanship” and reaching across the aisle to our friends on the Left.

By 2016 we were in a crisis, and huge numbers of Americans finally saw the light and gave the outsider Donald John Trump a chance to MAGA like Reagan did under similar circumstances.  The Left, and their standard bearer, Hillary was lazy, overconfident and despite their cheating and stacking the deck in 2016, were upset bigly by Trump.  The main difference between Trump and Reagan, was the Left was better organized and had further metastasized throughout all levels of government by the time Trump came to power AND they were NOT going to let him have eight years to implement his MAGA/KAG agenda.  It just was not going to be allowed to happen because if Americans could see the difference between Trump’s policies of capitalistic freedom and prosperity and the Democratic Party’s vision of controlling socialism and despair for eight years, they may never recover.  And that could not be allowed to stand.

Trump, and his vision had to be defeated at all costs and ultimately it was.  Now we get to reap the fruits of our collective laziness of fifty of the last sixty years.

We were able to survive and recover from the Pearl Harbor and the 9-11 episodic sneak attacks that had little staying power against the overall strength of the United States.  January 20, 2021 represents decades of effort on the part of our republic’s domestic and foreign enemies.  It remains to be seen if we will be able to overcome the assault that will be brought against freedom loving Americans in the years to come.

 

That is all.

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The Root Causes of Pearl Harbor Serve as Important Lessons for America Today

Guest Piece by Gregg Updike

Remembering Pearl Harbor – Part two, The Cause 

NOTE From the Author: On this date last year, I wrote a Lengthy comment on what was the long-term legacy of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  David Blackmon contacted me via email and offered to post it as a standalone article giving attribution to me.  He posted it the next day with his appropriate title “Yalta and Potsdam: Days That Still Live in Infamy”.  That title was and is particularly appropriate because the Pearl Harbor attack was the galvanizing event which thrust the United States into World War II and created the Yalta and Potsdam foreign policy giveaways, the legacy of which still create most of the foreign policy problems America faces today.

Here is my next installment on Pearl Harbor which describes why and how it happened:

The origins of the Pearl Harbor attack can be traced back to 1853 when the United States essentially forced a feudal Japan to open trade via Commodore Matthew Perry’s squadron of armed ships.  Japan, at that time was very much like much of Europe was centuries before with warlords using the obsolete sword as the primary weapon of war duking it out among their various tribes with little central control.  This forced Japan out of some 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world and they opened one port for international trade.  Other nations, including Russia soon followed trading with Japan.

Japan’s leadership saw how far they were behind in weaponry and understood they were vulnerable to becoming a dominated colony.  Unlike China and the Philippines and even America’s Native Americans they decided it was far better off to unite and be able to defend their homeland rather than be subjugated under another nation’s rule.

Of the seven major powers in World War II, only England was a mature nation with centuries of consistent governance.  It took until the middle 1800s for America (1865 and many years after to recover from the Civil War), Japan (1868), and Italy and Germany to become unified nations.  The ruling dynasties of Russia and China had collapsed by 1917 and the 1920s, respectively.  Japan, once unified, took great pains to ‘catch up’ with western technology and essentially armed itself to the teeth to make it very costly for any power to colonize them.  That coupled with their islands having virtually no exploitable resources ensured their independence on the world stage.

Throughout this period England had the most powerful navy and it only made sense that Japan would emulate it and in fact formed an alliance and a trading partnership with England.  Originally warships and other weapons were imported, studied and copied and once their industrial base became developed, they built their own.  England and other European Powers were happy to have another customer for its military accoutrements and with the purchaser on the other side of Asia they did not feel threatened.  This was also the time when wooden sailing ships were being replaced by steel and coal power and other modern technologies from which Japan benefitted greatly.

Within twenty-seven years Japan embarked on being a colonial power and fought their first war with China where they gained Formosa (Taiwan) at little cost.  Ten years later (1904-5), seeing the building of the Russian Trans-Siberian Railroad as a threat, they launched a sneak attack on Russia and opened their second conflict without a formal declaration of war against a neighbor.  They were unbelievably successful and defeated what was considered a first-class western power and navy; the world took notice.

Troubles with America began brewing at about this time and would fester for the next four decades until that fateful “Day of Infamy”.  The highlights are:

Late 1800s, America acquired the Philippines which was viewed as a threat

  1. Theodore Roosevelt intervened in the Russo-Japanese War and was and forced the Treaty of Portsmouth on Japan which halted the war, but was seen as another unwelcome intervention. The peace deal greatly benefitted Japan at the time because they were still very weak economically and even winning was bankrupting them.
  2. As an ally of England Japan defeated Germany in 1918 and gained many German colonies in the central Pacific at little cost by being on the right side.
  3. In 1921-2, the United States forced a naval arms limitation treaty on the Japanese which ultimately saved Japan from going broke and America from embarking on an expensive arms race.  Japan and America were the only two countries not severely impacted by World War I and the other naval powers had no ability to engage in such a race.  Japan wanted naval parity but was forced to accept second rate naval status; they greatly resented being limited to building 60% of what the United States and Great Brittan could.
  4. America, through its diplomacy, forced a fracturing of the Anglo-Japan trade and arms alliance further exacerbating the deteriorating relations. However, England still sent military equipment and a training – most notably in naval aviation – commission to Japan.  America’s purpose was to prevent Japan and England ganging up on the US Navy from the Atlantic and Pacific in a continued alliance – we still were not all that friendly with England post World War I.
  5. America passed very restrictive immigration laws in the 1920s severely limiting Japanese immigration, and later during the Depression enacted trade tariffs which destroyed Japanese exports to the United States.
  6. America passed very restrictive immigration laws in the 1920s severely limiting Japanese immigration, and later during the Depression enacted trade tariffs which destroyed Japanese exports to the United States.

While Japan was embracing capitalism and modern ways, their centuries old traditions were always in the forefront especially regarding the tradition of the emperor and racial purity.  When the worldwide Depression hit, Japan was among the hardest hit.  The militant wing of the military gradually took over and much of the nominal civilian control of their government was run by assignation throughout the thirties.  The cause of much of this upheaval was the near total autonomy granted to the army and navy and the perceived failing of western capitalism as an economic system.  In short, during the 1930s Tokyo could not control the Army and the Army could not control its mid-level officers when they were stationed next to Mongolia, China and the USSR.

These hotheads provoked border clashes with all three nations.  In 1930, another naval arms treaty was forced upon Japan which was even more unpopular with its hawks in the navy.  In 1931 army officers precipitated the Manchuria ‘incident’.  The result was a large territorial gain with some resources but international condemnation.  Ultimately this led to Japan walking out on the worthless League of Nations when they were condemned by the body in 1934.  At around this time Japan also quit the naval treaty restrictions as of 1936.  Japan was rapidly becoming a rogue nation and was seen as a regional bully.  With the depression deepening, the hotheads in the military never being sanctioned by their superiors and gaining ever more power, Japan saw its destiny as being the leader of the Orient, they had their own version of lebensraum (living space), which was dubbed “The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” with the ultimate goal of driving out the European colonial powers.

In 1937 another boarder ‘incident’ was provoked, this time with China which was embroiled in its own civil war and was always seen as being weak since the collapse of its running dynasty decades earlier.  This conflict resulted in an eight-year quagmire with no victory, great losses, and a near premature war with the United States.  Only a massive diplomatic apology for sinking a US Navy gunboat, the Panay, averted open conflict.

Soon thereafter, there was another boarder clash – this time with the USSR – and the Japanese Army got its nose bloodied and quickly sued for peace and later signed a long-term non-aggression pact with Stalin.  This ‘incident’, as Japan liked to call their undeclared wars was a disaster for her because it forced the permanent deployment of over half its army to defend against a feared USSR attack and paralyzed their military doctrine which effectively reduced their ability to fight America in the Pacific.

Japan soon thereafter allied with Germany and Italy, by formally joining the Axis.  Further incursions into China caused the United States to begin trade embargoes on vital resources.  When Japan’s Army bullied its way into French Indochina (Vietnam) in July of 1941 to gain a key staging point, Roosevelt got the world to cut off all oil supply to Japan.  This was intolerable and Japan was going to have to either accede to America’s demands which included leaving ALL of China in order to get the oil and other resource trade resumed or fight.  Even without the embargo Japan was going to default on foreign trade by 1942.  The only way to stave off economic disaster was territorial expansion and take the resources it needed to achieve hegemony and self-sufficiency.  Being in a similar circumstance as Germany in 1938, they followed Hitler’s route to war and national destruction.

Japan’s initial targets were England’s Malaysia, Singapore and Burma and the Netherlands’ (Dutch) East Indies in order for it to survive as an independent nation and not a colony under the Allies’ thumb.  As events transpired, France had fallen which allowed for the bloodless grab of their Indochina colony which gave them a vital operation base for future expansion.  The Netherlands likewise fell to Hitler and their oil producing islands were ripe for conquest.  England was known to be extremely weak in Asia and was fighting for its very existence, so her prized colonies were also vulnerable. Furthermore, in late 1941 the USSR was on the brink of collapse and not a threat at that time.   All these ambitions could have been successfully realized at this time except for one major problem.

That problem was the United States and its Philippine possession which laid astride the main line of advance to the southern resource areas that Japan needed.  Earlier in 1941 the US Navy was permanently stationed at Pearl Harbor from the US west coast which represented a major threat that could not be ignored.  Japan’s plans of conquest would likely succeed only if America remained neutral.   However, since America was already seen for decades as a probable future belligerent, it had to be incorporated into the grand scheme.  And finally, one other event occurred which forced the Pearl Harbor attack decision: After the fall of France, America embarked upon a massive naval building program that would be realized in 1943-44.

In 1941 Japan’s Navy was equal to or held numerical superiority over the US Pacific Fleet, however it would be dwarfed by the US Navy in three years AND be out of oil.  The window of opportunity and time to strike was at the end of 1941 when American strength and the other allies were at their nadir.  The strategic situation was never going to be better and the economic and military dynamic was only going to deteriorate.  By mid-1941, Japan had found itself truly between a rock and a hard place, but it was a rock and a hard place largely of its own making.

The three thousand plus mile sneak attack on Pearl Harbor was extremely contrary to Japan’s Naval doctrine which was basically defensive in nature and designed to be fought within a thousand or so miles of their home Islands.  The main reason Pearl Harbor was attacked was to disable the US Pacific Fleet (like they did with Russia in 1904) to gain a six month breathing space whereby Japan could conquer the southern islands, get their resources flowing and capture the Philippines without interference form the (on paper) powerful US Pacific Fleet.  In that regard she succeeded brilliantly with their tactical raid which should have been strategic attack.  In the end it was a strategic blunder because it galvanized a lethargic America like nothing else could have and spelled Japan’s doom.

In closing, America also bears some of the blame in its clumsy handling of Japan in the forty years prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, and because it began rebuilding its military and navy far too late to thwart Japan’s imperialist ambitions.  Had the mobilization and new construction begun when Japan quit the limitation treaties, invaded China, attacked the USSR, when Germany attacked Poland, or when Japan joined the Axis, it would most likely have persuaded its leaders that a war with the United States was a no-win proposition under any circumstances.  Reagan’s doctrine of “Peace Through Strength” was a true then as it was in the 1980s and is true today.  A powerful unassailable United States would probably have kept Japan at bay and it likely would have forced them to play nice on the international stage.

A perceived weak United States always emboldens mischief from nations controlled by tyrants.

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Yalta and Potsdam: Days That Still Live in Infamy

Today’s Campaign Update, Guest Piece
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

[Note: The following comment was submitted to a post on Saturday by Gregg W. Updike, a Navy veteran who served from 1983 to 1987. Gregg was on the USS America CV-66 when Ronald Reagan bombed Libya. This posting is a day late, given that Pearl Harbor Day was yesterday, but Gregg shared many thoughts that Americans should ponder these 78 years later.]

Don’t forget to “Remember Pearl Harbor” 78 years ago today; which resulted in our last formerly declared war a day later.

The results of that attack was paid back in less than four years with the total defeat of Japan and her Axis partners Germany and Italy.

Sadly, we left that war unfinished when we had the opportunity to be a true “arsenal of democracy” and defeat all totalitarian states for the foreseeable future at little additional cost (the Red Army was an exhausted force on the verge of collapse/revolt, and Mao’s China was a nonfactor). We won the war with our blood and treasure and gave away the peace with ink. Arguably more people ultimately lived under the tyranny of communism after the partial victory over dictatorships than before when our first communist president gave away the eastern half of Europe to the thug Stalin at Yalta in early 1945 with Truman basically sealing the deal at Potsdam later that year.

Hindsight is 20-20, and America in 1945 was “war-weary”, but Patton and Churchill, among others, saw the true evil that was on the horizon. Churchill was defeated and Patton was “accidented” as [a precursor to being Arkancided] to clear the way for the “New World Order”.

Since the Cold War started in 1945, 90% of the world’s problems of violence and unrest can be traced directly to Moscow! Examples are:

  • Active support of Mao in China after the Japanese defeat and withdrawal – USSR provided Mao with the captured Japanese Army’s weapons to use against Chang guaranteeing a communist China by 1950.
  • This lead directly to the 1950-1953 and beyond, Korean War. Both Mao’s China and Stalin’s USSR supported the first, and succeeding, Kims in North Korea.
  • USSR fomented world-wide third world violence and chaos by arming millions of insurgents with the famous AK-47 and other weaponry.

Several other USSR supported happenings during the Cold War and beyond:

  • Europe’s Iron Curtain, Cuba, numerous Latin and South America coups, insurrections, overthrows…, virtually the whole region is an economic disaster with not one strong or vibrant democracy!
  • USSR/Russian support to Israel’s Arab enemies, basically since 1947 and Afghanistan, just to name a select few overt actions.
  • And the covert infiltration of America’s education system (once the envy of the world – now ranked 17th), media, commercial/business (Chamber of Commerce), entertainment, political, and other institutions, and support of virtually every radical group active in the bringing down of our republic today with its money laundered through Soros front organizations with the silent support of several US presidents and the collective Deep State.
  • Over 100,000 American military and civilian deaths fighting USSR backed communist aggression since WWII, and the USSR was our “ally” and was saved from total defeat to Germany.

These are some thoughts to ponder when we think about the far ranging effects of that “Day of Infamy” 78 years ago.

PS: The USSR/Russia has the economic might equivalent to California, or Italy, and about half our population, so one must ask, how can they be such a threat to the US and to world peace and prosperity, without the help of globalist organizations like the UN, EU, and our Deep State?

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