Category Archives: Mentions

Carl Cannon’s “Morning Note” Featuring “December 1941”

Good morning. It’s Thursday, December 1, 2011, and 70 years ago today, Americans awoke expecting that they had a reasonable chance of escaping the war that seemed to be inexorably enveloping the world. By the end of that fateful day, many in the United States sensed that this hope was fading.

Today is also the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 State of the Union address. It came 10 weeks after he announced the Emancipation Proclamation – and less than three weeks after the midterm congressional elections revealed ambivalence among voters for that policy. Lincoln’s Republican Party added five new senators, but the Democrats picked up 34 seats in the House, along with the governorship of New York.

Lincoln’s Dec. 1, 1862 address did not dwell on partisan politics. He reached, as usual, much higher – and delivered some of the most memorable words of his presidency:

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history,” the president said. “In giving freedom to the slave, we ensure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth.”

Alas, the rhetoric on the 2012 campaign trail is not so lofty. Among those who seem to realize it are the governors in the Party of Lincoln. Gathering in Orlando, they suggested that one their own would make a fine president, but few are willing to say just yet which Republican governor they actually have in mind. Caitlin Huey-Burns is at the RGA conference and filed this report

Before returning to December 1941, I’d also point you to three other stories by RCP reporters and contributors: Continue reading Carl Cannon’s “Morning Note” Featuring “December 1941”

Matt Lewis Interviews Craig Shirley for the Daily Caller and “Matt Lewis and the News”

Seventy years ago today, America was a very different place politically and culturally. Americans were going to a lot of movies, smoking a lot of cigarettes, and generally looking forward to Christmas. They never expected what was about to come one week later.

Craig Shirley’s new book, “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” chronicles each of the 31 days of that historic month, detailing cultural and political events as they unfolded.

Shirley — a noted biographer of Ronald Reagan — spent countless hours accumulating the vast troves of information included in the tome. He culled information from original sources like private diaries, but also found telling bits of information in the public record. For example, he notes a December 1 Idaho Times headline which read: “Nazis See Fall of Moscow Near.” Meanwhile, the Bismarck Tribune reported seventy years ago today that, “‘Wise Statesmanship’ Might Save Situation, Japs Tell Reporters.”

(Listen to a podcast of my full conversation with Craig Shirley here.) Continue reading Matt Lewis Interviews Craig Shirley for the Daily Caller and “Matt Lewis and the News”

Cal Thomas: A December to Remember

Seventy years ago this month, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into a war that had begun in Europe in 1939.

In his masterful new book “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World,” Craig Shirley takes readers back to a very different America. Through hundreds of stories and advertisements culled from newspapers, Shirley not only transports us back to that tumultuous time, but reminds this generation that denial about an enemy’s intentions can have grave consequences. Continue reading Cal Thomas: A December to Remember

Revealed: The declassified memo that warned FDR of Hawaii attack three days before Pearl Harbor strike

A freshly declassified memo is shedding new light on a possible tip-off of the Japanese attack and the White House’s slow reaction to it.

The 20-page document to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appears in a new book December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World. Continue reading Revealed: The declassified memo that warned FDR of Hawaii attack three days before Pearl Harbor strike

Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack

Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.

In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDR’s declassified FBI file, the Office of Naval Intelligence on December 4 warned, “In anticipation of open conflict with this country, Japan is vigorously utilizing every available agency to secure military, naval and commercial information, paying particular attention to the West Coast, the Panama Canal and the Territory of Hawaii.”

The memo, published in the new book December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World went on to say that the Japanese were collecting “detailed technical information” that would be specifically used by its navy. To collect and analyze information, they were building a network of spies through their U.S. embassies and consulates. Continue reading Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack