On December 8, 1941, both the US House and Senate passed war resolutions against Imperial Japan. These included authorization to initiate conflict and bring it to a prompt and successful conclusion. In passing this decree it was widely understood that Senators themselves would not be storming jungle machine gun nests, but rather their surrogates in the American armed forces. Further, the war resolution was broadly considered to bear the weight of mandate to these surrogates, and not merely food for thought if they were not otherwise indisposed. More simply, the legislature issued an order within its Constitutional jurisdiction with the expectation that granular features of problem solving (such as sacking Okinawa and extracting capitulation from the Emperor) would fall to those officers charged with the duty. In issuing the directive, Congress had done its part.
So try to imagine the looks of incredulity if some time later, say the summer of 1951, Admiral Chester Nimitz testified that the US Navy had remained docked for the last decade as Japan conquered the Pacific unmolested. Describing the imperial navy’s substantial advance and entrenchment, Admiral Nimitz admonished Congress for its torpor during the war and demanded its members solve the problem of this aggressive Japanese state. His suggestion being for America to endorse all new imperial holdings and lend financial support to Japanese soldiers who would soon be stationed in Pearl Harbor.
I wonder how many jaws would have been broken upon impact with the floor.
Given that our national dementia was only incipient at the time, I suppose the mandible casualties would have been more than those reported last week during congressional testimony by DHS secretary John Kelly. In it, Mr. Kelly scolded members of the House Homeland Security Committee in discussions related to those persistent squatters who dream of a mestizo majority. Speaking specifically of those dreamers Kelly chided: You’ve got to solve this problem…I’m not going to let the Congress off the hook. You’ve got to solve it.
You hear that, Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House in 1951? Chester Nimitz isn’t letting you off the hook on this Japanese matter, and neither are his poker-playing sailors. Do something!
It’s interesting to observe, and probably futile to argue, but just because you are charged with a task found daunting or perhaps even disagreeable does not mean you have been given no coherent task to achieve. Secretary Kelly testified he is shielding some million deportation-eligible aliens, including those from Haiti still sheltering here from ostensibly persistent after-shocks related to that country’s 2010 earthquake. Completely unmentioned is the fact that his boss won the country’s highest office with explicit pledges to do the opposite.
However, Kelly is not inclined to take on the taxing deportation efforts required of laws actually passed by Congress. As a result, he upbraids legislators for having previously passed bills that do not align with his own personal morals and lethargy. Maybe Nimitz was close to retirement and had a soft-spot for the samurai. In that case war just wouldn’t have been a reasonable undertaking.
As any of you would come to expect, such cravenness is invariably draped in the sacred shroud of humanitarianism. There are shitty places in the world, and we have a place for foreigners to shit. Though never, utterly unfailingly ever, does the welfare of actual Americans merit weighing in the debates about what’s best for others. Kelly must vaguely comprehend that these Americans exist, and even have their own dreams discrete from those who wish to displace them. Yet they will wait longer than a Guatemalan’s deportation order before their DHS Secretary ever takes those desires under consideration.
Of course all of this preening political posturing would be moot if Trump formally renounced Obama’s curdling DACA deferment order, and instructed DHS to follow the law. They are esoteric concepts, but laws aren’t always optional and you don’t get to live in someone else’s house because you want to.
But that’s just a mortal man’s opinion. Only the supreme Emperor of Japan can say for certain.