The Lesson of Pearl Harbor: Be Prepared

The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Feulner wrote an article in the Washington Times in remembrance of the service members killed at Pear Harbor 71 years ago today.  He contends that the deaths of those service members serve as a “chilling reminder of the heavy price our country paid when it was caught unprepared.”

Feulner explains:

For most countries, trade is now seen as a better way to advance a nation’s interests than fighting.  Most of the planet has enjoyed booming growth and soaring living standards as the American-style exchange of goods and services has helped make the free world rich.

According to Feulner, trade is seen around the world as “a better way to advance a nation’s interests than fighting,” yet he also maintains that “our overarching military strength kept other countries from wanting to challenge us head to head.” 

It seems our commitment to military dominance is waning, Feulner suggests, evinced by our Army getting smaller — both in terms of active duty soldiers and budget cuts — and our Navy being slashed.

Feluner advises:

Defense spending should be based on a simple question: What does our military need? Yet, as Heritage’s Baker Spring wrote earlier this year, in its proposed budget, “the administration has proposed defense funding levels that are inadequate to maintaining the U.S. military capabilities described in the defense strategic review.

That’s worth keeping in mind on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. There’s still time to prepare, but if we want the military we need to protect the future, we must be willing to pay the bill for it.

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