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Aftermath: The appropriate Admiral is hauled before Congress where he is castigated and ridiculed. His reputation is entirely besmirched, his family shamed and his career ended and with a pension forfeit.
The Congressional report squarely lays the blame on this Admiral “for his abject failure in providing three days notice to the Congress of the need to shoot so the appropriate approvals may be gained. This dereliction of duty resulted in the loss of a ship and the lives of the entire crew, who by the way, we strongly support.”
In a footnote the report also finds that the shooting by the Germans resulted from the provocation of “the Captain of the Hopkins in turning his stern guns towards them.”p>That’s how we do it today. br> — Jay Molyneaux br> North Carolina /p> p> I don’t think the tale is quite as forgotten as you think. I read this story when I was a boy. It was published in one of my American Heritage book subscriptions. If I remember right, Cadet O’Hara was the son of br> another Navy man. His father had taught him that in a naval gun battle, you should always fire at the other ship’s water line. Supposedly it was that lesson that was responsible for the fatal damage to the Stier. /p> p>I’m not sure I remember the details correctly, (I’m sure other knowledgable Navy Spectator fans will correct me) but I’ve never forgotten the name of the liberty ship involved. It is a great “David vs. Goliath” story of heroism. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online