The last time the American mainland was attacked by a nation/state was
on September 9th, 1942. Less than a year after the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor they hatched a plan to attack the mainland. They had been
working on a type of submarine that carried a small reconnaissance two
seater, single-engine floatplane in a watertight hanger. The plan was
to sail the submarine close to the Oregon coast, fly the plane inland
and drop some bombs.
They figured, getting to the mainland was challanging enough, full
frontal attack on heavily defended areas was impossible. So they
picked the coast of Oregon and the plan was to drop bombs not in
populated areas but in remote forests. With incendiary bombs, they
thought, they could get a forest fire going that could potentially be
far more damaging than any conventional bombs.
A guy by the name of Fujita flew the plan, dropped the bomb. Didn't
quite have the effect they were hoping for. Years later, after the
war, Fujita was even invited to the town in Oregon that he had visited
from the air years earlier.
The next attack on American mainland - this time by non-nation/state
actors - was of course on Sept. 11 2001. About 3,000 Americans
perished. It's still so fresh in our minds that I won't go into
During the presidential election of 2016 the Russians attacked
us. Not by flying a Don Quixote-esq bombing raid. Not by ramming
jetliners into buildings. But by running targeted trojan horse
propaganda campaigns. Foreign intelligence, CIA, FBI are convinced
Put aside the possibility of whether Americans provided assistance
to the Russians. The Russians did attack the bedrock, the very
foundation of our democracy.
I may disagree with other Americans about who to vote for. But it is
our disagreements. It is our business. Russians had no business
getting involved. It is an attack of historic proportions.
There is a Don Quixote-esq quality to the Japanese bombing of the
Oregon coast. We responded. September 11th was tragic. We
responded. Russians attacked us in an unprecidented way at the very
foundation of our democracy, our way of life. Where is our response?
Are we going to let this slide? Are we this impotent?