In a comment down below, my 'Chief Archivist' (aka: JK) reminds us that today is the anniversary of the second biggest mistake in history, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The first, of course, was the German attack on Russia. It is a sort of comfort to know that despite the blundering stupidity of our own politicians, we can rely on even greater stupidity from our enemies. The critical operational mistake by the Japanese, although the importance of it was not revealed until later, was the fact that they missed the American carriers which were still at sea. Of course, they succeeded in turning several battleships into scrap metal but, as it turned out, battleships were past their operational 'sell by date' and it was aircraft carriers that were the truly strategic weapon of the era.
Also, as Andrew B. Wilson reminds us in an article at The American Spectator, the Japanese attack tripped the trigger for a truly astonishing revolution in the American economy:
[T]hey underestimated the extraordinary ability of American industry to convert to high-speed, high-quality military production. In the words of the historian Victor Davis Hanson, “After Pearl Harbor, the United States went into a rearmament frenzy the likes of which had never been seen in history. America produced more airplanes and ships than all other World War II powers combined.” [My emphasis]
They certainly did that, God bless their Yankee-doodle socks, and there-after it was game over even if the Japanese needed a couple of A-bombs to clinch the argument! Perhaps we should pause for a moment on this traumatic date and spare a thought for the 2,403 American servicemen who perished in the attack.
ADDITIONAL: I never stop learning thanks to this wonderful 'internet-thingie'. Thus, no sooner did I publish the post above than, courtesy of The National Review, I came across the late, and very great, Democratic congressman from Georgia, Carl Vinson- and, no, I had never heard of him either! However, according to the NR, this country bumpkin congressman from Georgia - hardly a place constantly buffeted by salt air from the sea! - spent nearly ten years before WWII constantly agitating various American governments to build a two-ocean navy larger than all the major navies of the world combined. His campaign succeeded just enough against monumental indifference to provide the USA with the basics before the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour. There seem to be a plethora of empty statue plinths in America these days, given the ravages of the juvenile Left, so perhaps one of them can be used to house a statue of this man.