Friday, July 07, 2006

NY Times, 2006 and the Chicago Trib, 1942
American troops died? *shrug* So what...

Anyone who even reads just a wee bit about World War II knows that if we lost the Battle of Midway, we would have had to, at least, conditionally surrender to the Japanese Empire. At a minimum, we would have lost the entire Pacific to Japan. At worst, they would have invaded Alaska and the West Coast. And it could have gotten even worse from there.

But none of that ever happened. We stopped the Japanese cold at Midway. And one of the major reasons is because we broke their code. And the Japanese were none the wiser.

Now get ready for this... the Chicago Tribune, screaming about the 1st Amendment, actually printed a story under the headline: "NAVY HAD WORD OF JAP PLAN TO STRIKE AT SEA". You guessed it.... the Chicago Tribune told the world that the Navy had broken the Japanese secret code. Obviously, the Japanese changed their codes.

Months later, the Marines landed at Guadalcanal. The intel we could have had would have saved thousands of Marines from being killed or wounded. But no... thousands became casualties. Thousands.

Hmmm... I wonder how many people are going to die because of what the NY Times did.


Blogger Christine said...

I agree with you.
I think the Times editors, and whoever leaked the information to them, should be tried for treason.

You'll like this cartoon

8:43 PM  
Blogger Obernai said...

I did not know about the Chicago Trib's role in adhering to the patriotic motto of 'Truth, Justice, and all that stuff....'

I agree with Chris in that the NY times editor(s) should be tried and punished for treason. The use of a 'free press' is not to forward a political agenda, but to protect the people from excessive use of governmental powers. How is the tracking of terrorist financial networking to prevent another 9/11 (or Holland Tunnel bombing) an abuse of governmental power????

11:31 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Roosevelt knew the Japanese were going to attack.

12:01 PM  

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