There seems to be some symbolism in General Shinsheki being named to be Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Habor, but I am unable to enunciate it.

Perhaps Shinsheki is a clearer thinker than me:

Shinseki, in 2006, began traveling around the country as a spokesperson for the “Go For Broke National Education Center,” an organization dedicated to preserving and educating about the contributions of Japanese American soldiers in World War II. The 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of Japanese Americans who fought in World War II, adopted the motto, “go for broke.” “There is no other story in the history of the U.S. Army like this one, and given the conditions that gave rise to the extraordinary valor of Japanese American soldiers, there may never be another story like it again,” stated Shinseki.

Other transitions are afoot in the world, too.

The past is always dying, and the future is always being born.

Moving forward, we should work with our ally China to disentangle ourselves from our mutual historic friend (and increasingly, psychotic basketcase) Pakistan. China and the United States should work together to accommodate India as a major power in Asia, and find ways to mutually project power into Central Asia in a way that defeats terrorism and prevents any rogue energy suppliers from overturning the peace.

6 thoughts on “Transitions”

  1. GEN Shinseki was Army Chief of Staff when I was a soldier, and I used to marvel that 60 or so years after Pearl Harbor, an American of Japanese descent was the highest ranking soldier in the Army, which said something to me about the ability of the nation and our military to evolve socially. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is an inspiration. And, it says something that as someone of Chinese descent I feel kinship to someone of Japanese descent because we were both American soldiers.

  2. FYI: The Movie “Go For Broke” is a nice post-WW2 Hollywood WW2 flick. It used to be on cable alot, but TCM doesn’t show those kind of movies too much anymore.

  3. Eric,

    Thank you for your post.

    It is always wonderful when soldiers comment here, and I appreciate your special take here.

    One of the great things about American society is that we can find kinship and similarities with so many people, not just those who came from our homeland. The combination of English and Irish is so common here, for instance, that the idea that those peoples had been fighting for centuries is almost unbelievable.


    Thanks for the recommentation! I will try to find it!

  4. Alas, I read over the weekend that Van Johnson, one of the stars of “Go For Broke” just died. He also starred in two of my favorite WW2 movies: “Battleground” (on the Bulge and an exhausted/outgunned airborne infantry platoon) and “60 Seconds over Tokyo” (on the Doolittle raid and the aftermath/escape).

  5. After thinking about it a bit more, Go for Broke seems like half a war film and half a comedy. Van Johnson’s attempt to join the “Texas Army” becomes increasingly comical, and the way he lit up (even on the grainy copy we watched) when he heard thinks his sergeant is “O’Hara” (not O’Hara, but Ohara, he’s corrected) is great.

    The film was very direct about the relocation centers, and its treatment of that (both the term ‘evacuation’ and the acknowledgment it was only for those on the West Coast of CONUS) is more informative than what we teach kids today.

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