Today, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Day. It’s been 68 years since planes from a Japanese carrier task force bombed U.S. military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. The surprise attack propelled the United States into a two-front war that cost more than one million American military casualties.Retired Lt. Colonel Gary Griffin, Commander of the American Legion’s USU Post 12, says he is in awe of those who fought in World War II and of the sacrifices made on the home front.He says we’ve had another attack on this country, but things aren’t the same today. “One thing I was struck with in World War II, President Roosevelt had absolutely nothing to do with running the war,” Griffin says. “He didn’t make any decisions in the field. He left it to General Eisenhower and General McArthur and let them win. I think we need to do more of that today, get politics out of fighting wars.”Griffin says we are not nearly as resolved as a people today in defending our freedoms. He is pleased that President Obama is sending more troops into Afghanistan and says we need to take the advice of the military leaders on the ground.
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