Just over two years later, the United States was drawn into the war when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The Empire was an ally of Germany and this action resulted in America facing a two front world war in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. It took four long and bloody years for us to achieve victory with a great loss of life and material, but in the end our resolve held up. And it exemplified the ability of the American economic machine to rapidly build up the tools of war when necessary, for prior to the war the nation was woefully unprepared for military action. At the war's conclusion, however, while we vowed to maintain a strong readiness posture, once peace was secured we failed to do so, allowing our defense establishment to deteriorate once again as if the threat had never happened.
Now all those years later, we find ourselves in a similar situation. We have drawn down our Navy to less than two hundred active vessels, Army forces have taken huge cuts and most of our Air Force operates with aircraft that are dated and of limited lifespan. Yet at the same time, our adversaries have been building up forces and weaponry as noted in both China and Russia, and we have allowed the primary advocate of world terrorism, Iran, to gain access to nuclear technology through our own weak negotiation efforts.
While our President declares we are strong and prepared for any contingency, it is clear to anyone with a military background that is not the case. Our troops are being run ragged by back-to-back mission requirements and morale is in the toilet while our military leaders are afraid of their own shadows under the current administration's edicts. We are rapidly finding ourselves in a very dangerous international situation as our military degenerates into a social experiment instead of being maintained as a fighting force.
But there is hope, for America has the capacity to make quick changes and perhaps the upcoming election year cycle will do just that. It may not be too late yet to avoid another Hitleresque page in history, but we must reject our current posture and ready ourselves soon. I pray that the people of this great land will rise and do that in the year ahead. God bless America, the world needs her strength and leadership and forever may she be free.