Thingish Things

Atomic Answers Needed

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Oct• 13•11

Are we really not going to have a wider discussion about thwarted White House plans to apologize to Japan for using the atom bomb to end WWII? (A war that had already cost 50 millions lives and could be ended in an instant or two?)

Is it me, or would this not be the most striking indicator of how President Obama views American history, which is to say, how he views America itself? I’m not a gratuitous Obama-basher, but we need to get to the bottom of this one.

Word of the plan emerged in leaked State Department documents which reported Japan rejecting the American suggestion. The idea was called in the State memo “a non-starter” among the Japanese.

A reporter’s call to the White House press office elicited the response that there never was a “plan.” But was there a request? That’s the question. The WH is also saying the document didn’t make clear which American was suggesting presidential apology visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Get real. A visit of that magnitude starts from the top.

Maybe I’m missing something. But I can’t figure out what, and I’m happy to be educated. Drudge didn’t even play this up much, and none of the presidential candidates jumped on it. Isn’t a more thorough explanation of what this was about required?

World War II was a pretty big deal in U.S. History. If our own president was prepared to paint us as the bad guys, at least in how it ended, don’t the American people need to know that?

I need to know.

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  1. Me says:

    It’s you.
    Apparently not.
    [Skipping loaded question.]

    P.S. Did you really buy my son a GUN??!

  2. I promise. It’s what he really wants.

  3. Mike says:

    This guy Obama is a national disgrace. He is a narcisist who thinks he can rise above all with grand speeches. Rudy Giuliani told listeners during the Republican convention that Obama started his public life as a “community organiser”. Well it seems like nothing much has changed with this guy. It’s all grandiose talk with him. All pie in the sky with no substance and certainly no leadership. The Mayan calendar has the world ending in 2012, well if this clown gets re-elected they just might be right.

  4. Billy says:

    Too late, Anna. You’re on the list!

  5. Nick says:

    The people do. PResident Obama has overstepped his authority. The facts are:

    Estimated American lives saved by not invading Japan: 250,000
    Estimated Japanese lives saved: 1 – 3 million.
    Approximate # of Chinese civilians killed by the Japanese: 2 – 4 million.
    Estimated Chinese casualties (civilian and military) during the Japanese war over 10 million.

    That said we have moved on and Japan has become a productive member of the community of nations. Aside from President Obama’s incorrect and unjust reading of history the President has no right to apologize for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The American people have not granted him this right. Harry Truman said there was not a doubt in his mind when he made that decision to drop the bomb. Right now I would trade 100 Pres Obama’s for a half of Pres Truman.

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