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LTC Doolittle, Where Are You?!!

One of Doolittle's Raiders taking off from the USS Hornet

In April 1942 LTC Jimmy Doolittle launched 16 Mitchell B 25 Bombers off the USS Hornet. Their mission was to attack the Japanese Mainland. They could not land back on the Hornet, the carrier was too small, they opted instead to continue on after bombing their targets in Japan and land in China. They took off and flew the mission anyway.

All 16 planes were lost, 11 crewmen were lost, including three who were executed by the Japanese Occupation Forces in China. The attack caused negligible damage, cost lives and equipment that was hard to come by at the time, by Doolittle’s own description it only served two purposes…

An attack on the Japanese homeland would cause confusion in the minds of the Japanese people and sow doubt about the reliability of their leaders. There was a second, and equally important, psychological reason for this attack … Americans badly needed a morale boost.

An attack on government spending? How about standing behind campaign promises?

I guess we don’t need to sow doubt in the districts of vulnerable Democrat Politicians and we sure as hell don’t need no stinking morale boost. LTC Doolittle isn’t leading the GOP, I just hope it’s not General Burnsides.

nessa
Retired Paratrooper, Biker, Tattoo Artist

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  1. Your point in the last paragraph Nessa, delivered with expert snark, gives us all pause – who are our leaders (specifically in the House) and do they have what it takes to not be outgeneraled in the high stakes battle now begun? Do they understand that sometimes a tactical loss ican be a strategic victory? And in fair defense of Burnside who proceeded on to multiple catastrophes in 1862-64, IIRC he begged Lincoln not to appoint him as Army Commander, feeling he was not fit for higher than corps command. His self appraisal was perfectly modest and accurate and was refused. Not so I fear with our leaders today who get all star struck and power drunk as son as they set foot in DC, with the exception of a very few. Rubio in particular seems to be holding out well his first four weeks.

    • Thank you for the gracious “expert snark” comment cactusjack! In all honesty its a case of the blind squirrel finding a nut.

      You are absolutely right about Burnsides, he tried to refuse the job. There is a limit to the heights a man can be promoted to, look at Ewell, had he taken Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg the Union would have suffered another crushing defeat. An outstanding Division Commander but an abject failure as a Corps Commander. WW II is rife with the same circumstances.

      And speaking of Commanders… A friend of mine pointed out earlier that the GOP Leadership is the Chain of Command, duly elected by their peers. They deserve loyalty until such time as we know that they are craven. The ones who voted their principles rather than the plan have a good message, hopefully The Speaker will put it to use.

  1. Your point in the last paragraph Nessa, delivered with expert snark, gives us all pause – who are our leaders (specifically in the House) and do they have what it takes to not be outgeneraled in the high stakes battle now begun? Do they understand that sometimes a tactical loss ican be a strategic victory? And in fair defense of Burnside who proceeded on to multiple catastrophes in 1862-64, IIRC he begged Lincoln not to appoint him as Army Commander, feeling he was not fit for higher than corps command. His self appraisal was perfectly modest and accurate and was refused. Not so I fear with our leaders today who get all star struck and power drunk as son as they set foot in DC, with the exception of a very few. Rubio in particular seems to be holding out well his first four weeks.

    • Thank you for the gracious “expert snark” comment cactusjack! In all honesty its a case of the blind squirrel finding a nut.

      You are absolutely right about Burnsides, he tried to refuse the job. There is a limit to the heights a man can be promoted to, look at Ewell, had he taken Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg the Union would have suffered another crushing defeat. An outstanding Division Commander but an abject failure as a Corps Commander. WW II is rife with the same circumstances.

      And speaking of Commanders… A friend of mine pointed out earlier that the GOP Leadership is the Chain of Command, duly elected by their peers. They deserve loyalty until such time as we know that they are craven. The ones who voted their principles rather than the plan have a good message, hopefully The Speaker will put it to use.

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