World War II: Could We Do It Today?

 

There are many nuances of history that we fail to acknowledge when looking through the lens of today backward into the past. As opposed to what people were experiencing at that moment in time truth gets overlooked as revisionists remove plaques of George Washington from churches and historic colleges. The recent craze of destroying Confederate monuments is one example of the left’s convenient manner of imposing the pretention of today upon history and monuments that remind us of it. Aside from this issue let us examine World War II and the mindset of the “Greatest Generation” of that era.

Destiny?

Imagine, if you will, being a young man barely out of high school, or for that lying about your age and being even younger. If you were not relegated to the Marines and destined to be hitting the beaches of the Pacific Islands or being a foot soldier in Europe, that left being assigned to the Navy or Army Air Corps, the precursor of the US Air Force. You have just braved the ravages of the Great Depression only to have been alerted of the devastating sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ominous possibilities

If you’re a young pilot already flying for the US armed forces you know where you’re going. Most likely you will be shipping out to the Pacific. The US Navy will need you as a carrier pilot and to land on new conquests as quickly as possible such as Guadalcanal. You have been briefed on the capabilities of your ruthless and savage enemy flying an aircraft that can out maneuver you, but you have a better gunnery platform in the P-40 or the F4F Wildcat. Over that unimaginably titanic blue ocean you will have to keep your course bearings, monitor your fuel consumption, lean up the choke on your engine when not in performance mode, and make sure to charge up your 50 caliber wing mounted machine guns before getting into a dog fight. Then making sure you do not get into a turning contest with your foe, you climb as high as your service ceiling will allow, fly out of the sun, and dive down on your enemy.

Sizing each other up

Knowing he can kill you using superior flight acrobatics you will have to use your superior speed, firepower, and diving capability, take your best shot at him, and if you miss dive away, climb back into a high elevation again and attempt to shoot him out of the air again. This happens as you endure anywhere from 4 g’s to 9 g’s that many times the earth’s gravity enough to make you lose consciousness and fly your airplane straight into the ground in a death spiral if you do not handle yourself properly. Perhaps you’ve tacked a photo of your girlfriend or young wife to the inside of your cockpit to look at during those monotonous hours of idle flight between sudden death defying moments of aerial combat.

The hard facts

If you have been thoroughly briefed you must know that if you get shot down you must have the presence of mind to crawl out of the cockpit onto the wing root, jump off the stricken fighter plane, and pull the rip cord, but that’s not all your briefing has revealed. They have informed you that the enemy aviator may try using his 20 millimeter cannon to cut you into pieces or even the leading edge of his wing to decapitate you as he flies at top speed through the air all the while smiling at you through his cockpit sadistically as he approaches.

Conflicting doctrines

As an American you have been trained to survive and fight another day, but through the regimen of Bushido your opponent is willing to die as an honor to the spirits of Emperors of the past and kill you with total disrespect should you be captured with all the cruelty necessary to achieve that gruesome goal. So, being that it is highly likely you were raised in a Judeo Christian ethic, your enemy has no mercy and will give no quarter. It is as though you are facing an alien from another world yet he is simply a warrior from another culture trained to have no remorse, no sympathy, and to win at any cost for he is the aggressor!

Tactics

You have been forced to grow up in a matter of weeks subjected to conditioning, training, and learning to kill as a reflex action and at all costs to guard your wingman as he would do for you, and that could mean certain death as well. He who flies behind the lead pilot to keep his buddy from being shot down from behind could mean he is the one going down in flames!. This is what your world has become. The horrors you will face may differ from a US Marine wading ashore on an island armed to the teeth with hostile Japanese soldiers, or on a battleship that may take a salvo that blows the vessel to bits and devours men in fire and steam explosions, but you have the terror of air to air combat to face.

The outcome

In all this, there is a noble cause. You and millions of young men like you have been called upon to be the chess pieces of a bigger game board. That chess game means the liberation of island groups and enemy strongholds determined to prevent you from attaining your goal. All this after just surviving the worst worldwide economic depression modern man has yet faced. The only link you have with the real world back home are letters, maybe gifts, and newsreels. This is how the world has transformed for you and the millions who signed up to defend their country with a courage and patriotism most Americans would be hard pressed to find within in themselves today. You have not had much in the way of shared experiences from past veterans of war as the World War I survivors have been largely dismissed and pushed under the rug, even routed from their shanty towns in the midst of the depression when denied the pensions they were promised!

Pampered existence

Yet today, in the current era, an existence of unmatched prosperity, lack of accountability, electronic desensitizing, TV worship, and a host of false messiahs known as movie stars who would rather protest against their country and decent moral behavior than fight for their home, the hero is the oddball, the anomaly, and the spineless “Snowflake” has become the norm. The very thing that your grandfathers fought against, fascism, is now alive and well in America. The Communists who forced America once again to shed blood in countries like Korean and Vietnam are now gaining ground in your America because the modern day student is so hypnotized by entitlement and so indoctrinated that they can’t tell the difference between a Constitutional Republic and an oppressive Communist regime. This is today’s age of uncertainty it is the “Age of Information” according to some, but perhaps this is just another rationale for the age of capitulation!

Fossilization of ethics

It will not be long before these facts mentioned in this article will vanish in the mist of time, conveniently forgotten so that bravery and patriotism can be minimized into anomalies irrelevant to a day when government has become the god and man must serve it rather than the intentions of our forefathers who intended that government remained in service to man. With the guarantee of a mediocre existence rather than the limitless possibilities of competition and risk, society has transformed into a colony of conformists who choose consensus over individual freedom and innovation. The warnings of the science fiction writers, philosophers, and the followers of Christ have been overlooked and relegated to the dusty bookshelves of arrogant disregard. This twilight zone of a new world is fast upon us now, a mockery of a environment that provided opportunity to those willing to use courage and freedom as the tip of their sword.

 

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Comment by koshersalaami on November 7, 2017 at 4:45pm

I'd be worried in another direction: industrial production. The US and the Soviet Union vastly outproduced Germany and Japan during the war. Now, China would easily outproduce us. Our industrial base is not what it once was. And they can produce more cheaply. 

A minor problem I have with this assessment is your bemoaning a lack of accountability. Your President is the King of Avoiding Accountability. That factor is either important or it isn’t. 

 

Comment by Doc Vega on November 7, 2017 at 9:05pm

Kosher, your Obama the man who quoted Harry Truman saying, "the buck stops here," never took responsibility for anything either blaming Bush or telling Americans that the reason 4 Americans died in Benghazi was some unseen movie that offended Muslims when it was a heavy terrorist attack planned for months. Donald Trump in office for one year had already achieved more economic changes and foreign trade negotiations that had already achieved more than 3% growth exceeding Obama's 1.8 % avg. of incompetent economic leadership. All trump has been doing has been succeeding despite Democrat, GOP, and leftist obstructionism because he threatens their gravy train, you know it and I know it! Soon he will use the force of his will to simply push these traitors and profiteers out of the way prosecuting them as he goes and liberating America from this blight. Mark my words. I already told you Trump would win and now I tell you this will come to pass. Mark my words!

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 7, 2017 at 9:18pm

Vega, you should be writing ... for Jimmy Kimmel. Again with Obama? The Hawaiian who saved the world economy but now his numbers aren't up to your high standards, whereas the Confederate Yankee's 3 percent lies sit tight in your cranium. What a joke, after a Black Hawaiian saved everyone for eight years all you can do is carp about him after the fact while your own favorite one percenter robs the public blind. I thought you were for small business? Read the tax plan yet? Good thing the imbecilic Rethugs cant agree to vote together on it so ... no pass, so sorry but who needs it anyway with the paradise papers showing how it is actually done.

Comment by Doc Vega on November 7, 2017 at 9:20pm

Wrong again Kosher! America under the Obama White house for the first time had the cost of government exceed the GDP of the private sector industry in 2010 at 15 trillion as compared to 14.5 GDP US economic output. China's cost of government  exceeds it's GDP of industrial output by over 200% and without US consumption of their exports they would be doomed! Even Obama couldn't fuck America up as bad as Communists can fuck up their own economies!

Comment by Doc Vega on November 8, 2017 at 7:21am

Maui, go back to that big Esmerelda you just smoked and eat some coconut. You're absolutely wrong! During the course of the Obama Administration we experienced an average of 1.8% growth not even enough to cover the cost of living! Worst US economy since 1949! Lowest labor participation rate since 1978! Worst lever of poverty in the country since 1940! Highest level of Food stamp consumption and welfare in history! How in the fuck did this clown who claims to have worked for Baskin and Robbins as an ice cream scooper do any fucking thing to help the US economy much less caused racial division and emboldened our enemies abroad and even against our police here domestically-a traitor! You are incredibly uninformed and people like you are exactly what Socialist tyrants want! Stupid enough to remain in a drugged stupor believing the lies of the state controlled media! Comrade you belong over at the Kremlin!

Comment by Ron Powell on November 8, 2017 at 8:55am

To answer your question directly and succinctly, NO!

Trump is a reflection of the kind people who made it possible for him to be in the White House.

Ask yourself how much fighting on the front lines he would do anywhere....

War isn't a reality show. War is hell. Trump and the people like him and the people who like him wouldn't step up to fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

On Veteran's Day, tell us about your experiences as a foot soldier, airman, or sailor in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, or Iran....

The fantasy you weave in this post is the work of someone whose military experience is limited to what one can get from a game box and joy stick...

You would do well to sit silently and be thankful for the fact that Trump hasn't started a war that he wouldn't fight himself and, were he of fighting age, would do all that he could to see to it that someone else was sent to fight in his place..

Cowardly bully that he is.....

So I ask again, Mr  Doc Vega:.

Which branch did you serve in?

What unit?

What rank?

What were your duties?

When did you go in?

 How long did you stay in?.

Did you see any combat?

Did you receive any commendations or citations?

When did you come out?

If you can't respond to any of these interrogatories, may I suggest that you try to write about things that you're familiar with....

If indeed you are a military veteran,  stand silently with those of us who are, and accept the thanks of a rightfully grateful and respectful nation, and try to think about and pay homage to the men and women of the American Armed Forces who didn't make it back home from wherever they were...

Turn off your xbox for a few moments and give them some thought and a modicum of thanks for the sacrifice they made so you could have the freedom to sit at home and create and fantasize your very own make believe war stories...

 

 

 

 

Comment by Doc Vega on November 8, 2017 at 12:01pm

Ron Powell, all of your articles and pointless responses are no more than boring and negative regurgitations of leftist speak, no content, no reasoning, always race baiting, and hardly indicative of true military honor and respect for comrades that died in service of their country! You would rather demonize anything patriotic while supporting Presidents like Clinton and Obama who emboldened our enemies and used rhetoric to sway the simple minded like yourself who easily fall for the critical talking points! Is war hell? Fucking A Pal War is hell! there is no illusion about it! Clinton smoked dope and protested against our troops! Obama smoked dope had sex with other men, and trashed his country every chance he got while abroad, yet a bungling anti-intellectual like yourself would vilify a man like Trump who refuses his salary and donates to charitable causes, gave I million of his own money to thee city of Houston for disaster relief, he works from 6 AM until midnight gets by with little sleep doesn't drink or do drugs and has a beautiful wife! No, you would rather belittle him and go for the drug abusing, sodomizing, rapist, traitors that the Democrats call presidents! Analyze and think!

Comment by Doc Vega on November 8, 2017 at 12:07pm

Ron Powell, I did not serve in the military and never said I did! So don't go giving me your demands about where and when! And don't tell me that you can beat your chest and rationalize the pure bullshit of leftist diatribe because then you give yourself away as not patriotic but bitter and resentful for having served if you even did, while supporting the Democrat perverts of a party that does nothing for Blacks in America, nothing to alleviate suffering, nothing for women that it uses and discards, and nothing for the American dream as it exploits the masses, spends like there's no tomorrow, and pushed our nation closer and closer to a currency collapse. It's like Ronald Reagan once said, " I did not leave the Democratic Party. They left me."

Comment by Arthur James on November 8, 2017 at 12:24pm

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NO BE DRAFTED

AND BE CANNON FODDER;`

oops 

stay Home and enjoy

banana splits. No be shoji?

shot because of Evil lies.

`

I tried to not comment.

My Father was inWW2.

His West Point Brother

was a pilot who died.

UNCLE WALTER WAS

NOT` not a Veteran.

He Became a

Gynecologist and my

Father said: what kind of

male would study gynecology.

Uncle Walt sent his children to

Harvard and got relatively rich?

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filthy

lucre"

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I am not judging.

WW2 memories

are sad to me

War is

EVIL

ATROCITY

` I no comment

&

go view

'autumn'

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foliage

chase?

leaves change

from gold 

to scarlet red

` Aye Beauty...

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 8, 2017 at 3:30pm

Since you can't quite figure it out for yourself and clearly don't get the message ensconced in my comment,  I'll spell it out for you. 

I wasn't belittling or demeaning Trump.  He does a fair and ample job of doing that to and for himself...

No, I wasn't demeaning  or belittling Trump. I was sarcastcally,  as Amy might put it, demeaning and belittling you...

Now, you may return to your game box and your joy stick before you end up with both of your feet in your mouth...The fact that I got two responses for the price of one comment says that I'm ahead of the game so I'll quit here nothing further needs to be said, nor should it be..Your diatribe and rant that is a personal attack on me carries no weight, meaning, value, or currency....

No, I don't resent having served in the US Air Force at the rank of 1st Lieutenant ...

What I do resent is individuals, like yourself,  who have no clue of what it means to pick up a weapon and stand a post, attempting to establish their "patriotism" with their mouths while venerating a bigoted coward who would sacrifice nothing in defense of anything but his own ass and his money.

 

 

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