Well last night we participated in the annual ritual of turning our clocks one hour ahead for daylight savings. I don’t know about the rest of you but for me, it usually takes a few weeks for me to adjust. 70 years ago today by orders from President Franklin D, Roosevelt, Gen Douglas MacArthur pulled out of the Philippines as the defense forces collapsed around him. The following is from History.com.
General MacArthur was called out of retirement and took command of 10,000 American Army troops, 12,000 Filipino enlisted men who fought as part of the U.S. Army, and 100,000 Filipino army soldiers, who were poorly-trained and -prepared. MacArthur radically overestimated his strength and underestimated that of Japan’s. The Rainbow War Plan, a defensive strategy for U.S. interests in the Pacific drawn up and refined by the War Department, required that MacArthur withdraw his troops into the mountains of the Bataan Peninsula and await better-trained and equipped American reinforcements. Instead, MacArthur decided to take the Japanese head on-and never recovered.
The day of the Pearl Harbor bombing also saw the Japanese destruction of almost half of the American aircraft based in the Philippines. Amphibious landings of Japanese troops along the Luzon coast followed. By late December, MacArthur had to pull his forces back defensively to the Bataan Peninsula—the original strategy belatedly pursued. By January 2, 1942, the Philippine capital, Manila, fell to the Japanese. President Roosevelt had to admit to himself (if not to the American people, who believed the Americans were winning the battle with the Japanese in the Philippines), that the prospects for the American forces were not good—and that he could not afford to have General MacArthur fall captive to the Japanese. A message arrived at Corregidor on February 20, ordering MacArthur to leave immediately for Mindanao, then on to Melbourne, Australia, where he was to assume command of all United States troops. MacArthur balked; he was fully prepared to fight alongside his men to the death, if necessary. MacArthur finally obeyed the president’s order on March 11.
From this event came one of the boldest statements of the war. General MacArthur confidently stated; “I shall return.” You see General MacArthur knew what America was about and he was confident in her capacity to overcome the setbacks of Pearl Harbor and his own evacuation of the Philippines. He believed in something that many of our friends on the left can’t even grasp today; that we are indeed a great people who can overcome anything. That’s the kind of mindset we need today more than ever. We need visionaries who see a prosperous America again with all the liberties and freedoms our founders secured for us. Because with liberty and freedom we can overcome and accomplish anything.
Below are some links to articles from conservative bloggers who are fighting to restore liberty and freedom each day. Please take some time to visit them. You won’t be disappointed. So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the links.
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Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Carbonite’s Saturday Night Massacre
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Proof Positive: Medal of Honor
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Say Anything Blog: Thanks Fracking: New Jersey Citizens Saving $100 Million On Their Gas Bills
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teresamerica: A Candid Interview With Karen Santorum
That Mr. G Guy’s Blog: Senator Chuck Schumer Is A Putz…As If You Didn’t Already Know That
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The Bitter Americans: We are Starting to Sound Like a Bunch of Liberals!
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The Country Thinker: Bernie Sanders for President!
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The Lonely Conservative: North Dakota Governor Skewers Obama’s Energy Policy…
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The Reaganite Republican: Reaganite’s Sunday Funnies
THE rightscoop: Watch Mark Levin at Reagan Library
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As always, thanks for all the outstanding articles. Keep up the good work you guys do every single day.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!