November 13, 2009

The Messiah still in "blame the US" mode in Japan

This time he refuses to answer a Japanese reporter's question as to whether dropping the a-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right decision:

PBO gave a halting response that utterly failed to answer the question. The closest he came was to observe that Japan "has a unique perspective on the issue of nuclear weapons as a consequence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm sure it helps to motivate the Prime Minister's deep interest in this issue."

The reporter tried again: "Do you believe the US dropping of nuclear weapons on --"

Obama cut him off, choosing to answer an unrelated question on the situation in North Korea.

Check it out:

Hey Barack -- what's the deal? Was it or was it not the right decision? You still could have been "politically sensitive" to your audience by saying something like this:

"Given the historical context of the time, yes, it was the right decision. President Truman wanted to end the war as quickly as possible, and with as little loss of life as possible. His decision regarding the bombs arguably did that.

Keep in mind, too, of course, that we did not know all we do today about the long-term consequences of detonating a nuclear weapon -- the dangers of radiation and such. If we did, perhaps an alternative might have been conceived. But we did not, so there was not. The loss of life at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was regrettable; however, overall, on both sides, the loss of life would have been much greater on both sides had the war continued."

There, was that so hard?

Posted by Hube at November 13, 2009 04:12 PM | TrackBack

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Of course that would be hard for him and those of the liberal bent...they don't believe it was the right can you when america is the root of all evil in many of these radical leftists eyes...

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 13, 2009 04:46 PM

Correct answer:

"While historians and others have long debated that very issue and reached various conclusions, my consideration of the issue leads me to conclude that that President Truman and the military leaders of the day were correct to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Instead, the two bombs should have been dropped on Tokyo and Kyoto, which were the political and cultural capitals of Japan. Such a course of action would have been appropriate as a means of ensuring that both the militarist leaders whose decisions led to the imperialist aggression of the 1930s and 1940s and the Japanese emperor and imperial family who supported and lent authority to that aggression would have personally suffered the consequences of their evil deeds."

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at November 13, 2009 08:36 PM

Correction -- "were NOT correct"

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at November 13, 2009 08:37 PM

There is no such creature as an intelligent or patriotic conservative. You're proof of that.

Posted by: Mike at November 15, 2009 11:36 PM

Gee, Mike -- and what does your comment prove? That "progressives" are masters of cute, simple quips?

Posted by: Hube at November 16, 2009 08:08 AM

No, RwR, we could not have nuked Tokyo, because Emperor Hirohito might have been killed, and there would be nobody left who could legitimately surrender in his name. We even laid off of war crimes charges against members of the Imperial family who participated in/presided over the Rape of Nanking rather than hold the emperor complicit...that way we could blame everything on Tojo and the militarists.

Posted by: G Rex at November 16, 2009 11:30 PM

I watched the conference live and was amazed at how Obama almost begged the reporter - who even switched from Japanese to English - what he thought about the atomic bombings. It was a moment that Obama could have offered a thoughtful response, that the loss of life was regrettable but that the bombs saved more lives by forcing the surrender and preventing an invasion.
But he didn't because he's an amateur who can't think on his feet.

Posted by: Scott Kirwin at November 19, 2009 06:30 PM