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Jon Stewart: Hey, sorry for calling Harry Truman a war criminal
Hot Air ^ | May 1, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 05/01/2009 5:02:38 PM PDT by RobinMasters

A follow-up to Wednesday night’s Kinsleyan gaffe: He’s sorry, he’s just not sure why he’s sorry. The closest we get to an explanation is that the decision to drop the bomb was “complicated,” but of course that’s why Cliff May brought it up — to draw a parallel with the decision to waterboard terrorists. The moral calculus about how far to go in roughing up jihadis to save how many lives is difficult, as was the calculus about how many lives would be saved in the long run by incinerating Japanese kids in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war. The fact that Stewart is a hard no on the former yet considers the latter iffy suggests a mentality I simply can’t fathom. Is it just a matter of Truman having been a Democrat, whose motives were therefore pure, as opposed to Bush supposedly getting his Republican rocks off by torturing terrorists? Or is it that Truman’s already been vindicated by history and isn’t safe to criticize the way Bush still is?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: dopeydems; hollywood; truman; warcrimes
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To: sonic109
I have to agree with you since I was squatting on Okinawa waiting for the big show to start. There is no doubt in my mind that old Harry saved my life by his decision.
21 posted on 05/01/2009 6:58:59 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: NVDave

“Harry’s best attribute was that he made a decision, stuck by it and didn’t try to pawn the responsibility for it off on someone else.”

Whatever you think of Truman’s politics you have to admire the fact he always took responsibility for every decision he made. He might later say he made the wrong decision, but he never tried to pass the buck.

22 posted on 05/01/2009 7:30:46 PM PDT by yazoo (was)
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To: DMZFrank
I have long thought that the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were fully justified for multiple reasons. Your post has a weath of information in it, some of which I was not previously aware.

Did you write this post yourself? Can I have permission to use it, with due credit, of course?

Two arguments concerning this issue which I have not seen given are as follows:

One, at the tine the decision was made to use the A-bombs, no one (excepting the scientists working on the bomb who were fully in the loop) really understood what its use meant. We had just spent the last four years making bigger, better, faster, more powerful weapons. The atomic bomb would have been thought of as simply an extension of this effort. After the world saw the results, attitudes changed, as well they should. You touch on this idea peripherally in your post.

Two, had the invasion of Japan taken place, the projected casualties would have more than doubled all of the American casualties up to that point. Would the American public have signed on to the rebuilding of Japan at that point? I rather doubt it. I think their attitude may have to let them rot.

As a post script, did you know that the US government had 490 thousand Purple Hearts made in preparation for the invasion of Japan? So many were made that none have been made since, with the exception of 9000 that were produced -- you're going to love this -- when the government temporarily lost track of the ones it already had. They were cleaned up and re-ribboned at least once.

23 posted on 05/01/2009 9:33:56 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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I wonder what that smarmy little turd burglar thinks of FDR’s firebombing of Dresden and Hamburg, where the asphalt roads liquified and people-men, women, and kids-fleeing their burning homes were ensnared and trapped in the molten asphalt like dinosaurs in a tarpit....

24 posted on 05/02/2009 6:35:08 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: DoughtyOne

Just checked the top rated cable shows and surprise, surprise, I didn’t see Stewart/Stuart or Maher’s shows mentioned anywhere.

25 posted on 05/02/2009 6:48:09 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

I doubt he has ever heard of it, he may have forgotten or it was never taught in NJ Public Schools. I get the impression John is not a history enthusiast really.

26 posted on 05/02/2009 8:44:49 AM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: RobinMasters

The court jesters are swaying the masses.

27 posted on 05/02/2009 8:48:12 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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To: Let's Roll

Good. Stuart has a lot of potential, but just doesn’t focus.

Maher has just devolved into this pathetic puddle of hate. And as much as I don’t like using the left’s terms, in this instance there’s no word that fits better.

His view of Christians is as bad as the Roman view shortly after Christ’s death. To see a person given a public platform to spew that stuff in today’s world, is very troublesome.

Name one other group that you could trash the way Maher does Christians. I guess it would be Conservatives, and that would be nearly as bad. The public debate doesn’t need to be what Maher and the left have made it.

28 posted on 05/02/2009 9:51:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: Joe Boucher
It was the right decision. I do not give a damn about any Japaneese lives lost as a result.

It actually saved Japanese lives, considering their casualties would have been massive given a US land invasion of Japan.

Another fact that is glossed over, is that had the war dragged on, the Soviets would have been involved, and Japan would have wound up being divided, just like Germany and Korea, and it would have been another Cold War hotspot.

29 posted on 05/02/2009 9:54:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: dfwgator

If memory serves me, Russia declared war on Japan with a few days left before the peace treaty was signed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.
Japan had been pretty bad to anything in Asia for decades prior to WWII.
Probably a good thing for Japan that China, Russia and the U.S. didn’t team up to invade and kick their butts.

30 posted on 05/02/2009 10:14:35 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Joe Boucher
Probably a good thing for Japan that China, Russia and the U.S. didn’t team up to invade and kick their butts.

Good thing for us too, we might have ended up fighting each other.

31 posted on 05/02/2009 10:29:59 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Probably the network threatened to pull the plug after it got some angry phone calls from Demwit hot-shots. Also, the POS now realizes his hero Zero is going to continue the same policies but with semantic changes — and even expand the WOT.

32 posted on 05/02/2009 6:36:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ( Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: rmh47

Sorry to take so long for the response. I had heard about the surplus of Purple Hearts that served as adequate supply thru the Gulf War. Feel free to make use of my article particularly to counter the anti-war lefts distortions, half truths and untruths. Glad to be of assistance.

33 posted on 05/09/2009 9:52:20 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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