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.