Speakers in the congressional shutdown debate referred to World War II terms such as kamikazi and hara-kiri and assumed readers knew what these terms meant.
I well remember standing at evening general quarters as our convoy made its way toward Lingayen Gulf and the freedom of Manila in the Philippines campaign. Our lookout spotted a tiny plane circling our ships. Fortunately, this plane only struck a glancing blow.
In January 1944 Japan knew it was losing the war. The Japanese Air Corps used its final planes and pilots on suicide missions in a desperate attempt to protect its homeland.
Hara-kiri was self-inflicted death using a special disembowelment knife. While on Iwo Jima, an officer pointed out to me a cave where many Japanese suicides had occurred.
It appears the GOP party is headed for suicide. Rejecting the legacy of Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell and Dick Lugar, they seem bent on hara-kiri and eventual defeat by the American people.
- John D. Wolf, Valparaiso