Shap, are you telling me the carriers were away from Pearl because we knew Pearl was going to be attacked?!
Every book I've read on the subject states it was sheer luck they were out at the time of the attack.
Besides, we had no idea as to the value of aircraft carriers until they were blooded in the war. They were thought of more as defense support for the real fighting ships, the battleships, not the centerpiece of an offensive strike force.
There is a fundamental difference between the end of WWII and what's going on now: In WWII, the countries involved formally surrendered to us. Such has not been the case in either Iraq or Afghanistan, and Iraq people keep dying in increasing numbers.
Just because our founding fathers were noble, and I admire that about them tremendously, doesn't mean they were confident of beating the British. As a matter of fact, wasn't our change in fighting style more a product of necessity and desperation than of superior strategic thinking?
As for me, I don't know if I have what it would have taken to lead then, but I certainly would have joined.
PS. Selma, as usual, is right on the money.
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