June 7, 2009 in Letters

FDR’s answers flawed

The Spokesman-Review

Mr. McKeehan (“Left had answers in WWII,” Letters, May 24) wrote how the “leftist socialists” (Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats in Congress) handled Stalin, Hitler and Pearl Harbor.

His letter indicates his lack of knowledge about his hero FDR. (FDR died while Stalin and Hitler remained as dictators in their countries; how did he handle that?)

FDR was inaugurated in March 1933. From 1933 to 1939, after Japan had occupied Manchuria, invaded Indochina and China and raping and killing men, women and children, my friends and I observed Japanese cargo ships sail up the Providence River in Rhode Island and load on war materials such as iron, steel, lead, brass, copper, tin, aluminum and other cargo with FDR’s approval.

As for FDR and Pearl Harbor, the Japanese delivered that cargo on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl. FDR did not believe that “The buck stops here.” He fired Gen. Short and Adm. Kimmel. Thanks to a Republican Congress, both gentlemen were exonerated to allow their families to live with dignity that they deserve.

Gene Scolavino


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