According to my calculations, the number of days elapsed between the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor and Victory Over Japan Day is exactly the number of days elapsed between the attack on the World Trade Center and today, June 12.
In that number of days World War II for the United States was fought. Within that time this country--while only half its current population--raised an armed force of six million; built 27 aircraft carriers and numberless other ships, built 100,000 tanks and 200,000 warplanes. In that time, the United States invaded territories across two oceans to defeated two enormous, brave and hyper-competent enemy militaries.
In those days a bombed out aircraft carrier could be repaired and returned to action in 90 hours.
And today? In Iraq, in all these years, we have been unable to deliver the cheap and simple armor plate that the Humvees need on their doors.
Sobering, isn't it?
That is not all. In those three-and-a-half years of WWII the United States sustained a WEEKLY average of fatalities approximately equal to the TOTAL number of American Dead in Iraq thus far. Indeed, there were single days and single actions in WWII where the dead were 5 times the Iraqi War total. The current whining is unseemly.
The stoicism is gone. The competence is gone.
The United States is not the country it once was. It has become lazy, directionless, indulgent, cowardly, disorganized--incapable of achieving anything at all, let alone anything heroic.
I am beyond disgust with the utter and comprehensive b******t of the baby boom generation that brought us to this pass. And I am afraid too, because we no longer have the character as a nation to pull us through the coming Long Emergency that Kunstler describes.