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Reader Opinion: Predictions and history

After World War I, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell wrote numerous letters to top Army and Navy officials pleading with them for a more safe design of planes being built. Because of poor designing and many mechanical failures, these planes rec...

After World War I, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell wrote numerous letters to top Army and Navy officials pleading with them for a more safe design of planes being built. Because of poor designing and many mechanical failures, these planes received the nasty nickname of "Flying Coffins" and the results were the death of many airmen. When he was ignored, Mitchell charged the officials with gross incompetence and complete disregard for the safety of the men who were fighting for this country. He was court martialed and his letters used as evidence against him. The prosecutor for the government was scathing in his cross-examination not only because Mitchell's letters predicted that in the future there would be planes capable of flying across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but a plane would be designed which would fly faster than the speed of sound. He also predicted there would be a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, stating not only plan of attack (two waves of planes) but even the designated areas which would be bombed. The country responsible for the attack-Japan. He was laughed out of court, stripped of his rank and ordered to forfeit five years of his pay.

Today we have a president who refuses to even identify the enemy, telling the nation ISIS is on the run. There have been dire predictions of what could lay ahead for this country is we refused to face reality but as usual this president chose to ignore the warnings. Do we need thousands more to die in this country before we come to the realization that we are at war with Islamic terrorists, along with Hillary who supposedly sold some of our country's uranium to Russia. What else will she sell for 30 pieces of silver? God help this nation.

Dolores Zaske

Pine River

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