December 9, 2011
Craig Shirley's Dec. 4 Outlook commentary, "5 Myths about Pearl Harbor," missed badly on the fifth myth: "The attack on Pearl Harbor convinced the public that the United States should enter" World War II. He wrote, "Before Pearl Harbor, the United States was largely isolationist, and there was almost no call to get involved in another European war. The America First movement was growing in popularity. " This bald assertion in particular was completely at variance with what public opinion polls were finding.
January 6, 2012 |
On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. What he unleashed that day became one of the most deadly human endeavors in history. These three books explore Hitler's reasons for invading, the Russian resolve in resisting, and the sheer magnitude of the Eastern Front in World War II. 1 OSTKRIEG : Hitler's War of Extermination in the East, by Stephen G. Fritz (Univ. of Kentucky, $39.95). Hitler had grand designs for a "Greater Germany" that required the domination of the Eastern races and the crushing of a...
June 3, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this article included Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) among the lawmakers who have served in the military. Although Johnson joined the Army, he received a medical deferment almost immediately and does not consider himself a veteran, an aide said. This version has been corrected. In the not very very distant past, the corridors of the U.S. Senate were alive with men who had served in World War II, among them such powerful icons as John Warner of Virginia, Ted Stevens...
March 6, 2011
Michael Gerson [ "What the doughboys gave us," op-ed, March 4] correctly wrote that after World War I, America lost the innocence manifested in the League of Nations but not "the sense of national purpose" that would be reflected in the D-Day invasion. But he contrasted this with "Europe's failure of nerve" after World War I. On D-Day the British at Sword Beach were right beside the Americans at Omaha Beach. Overall in World War II, there were 417,000 American military deaths (mainly on the...
June 12, 2013 |
Walter L. Mess, an American spy who captained a speedboat that ferried agents to and from secret missions in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II, died May 26 at the Hermitage nursing home in Alexandria. He was 98. The cause was end-stage chronic renal failure, said his son, Walter Mess Jr. Mr. Mess, who kept mum about his wartime experiences until the 1990s, was better-known to the public for his nearly 30 years as chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
December 12, 2011
In his Dec. 8 column, " The investment gap ," Fareed Zakaria provided a perspective that brought clarity to the debate on government regulations and taxation. His final paragraph, however, detracted from that clarity by confusing the roles of consumption and investment during World War II. The statement that "during the war, [the United States] dramatically reduced its consumption and expanded investments" misrepresented what actually happened. If consumption includes the purchase of supplies by the government...