Skip to comments.Bombed cities invite Obama to visit (Hiroshima / Nagasaki) (New stop for apology tour?)
Posted on 10/27/2009 8:13:46 AM PDT by markomalley
The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki invited President Barack Obama on Tuesday to visit the two cities hit by American nuclear weapons ...
... during the Second World War, AP reports.
AP: "The two cities' mayors formally invited Obama on Tuesday to visit sometime before next May, but U.S. officials say it is highly unlikely he will travel to either city during his Nov. 12-13 visit to Tokyo.
"An April speech Obama gave in Prague calling for a world free of nuclear weapons raised expectations, and winning the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month heightened them further.
"'Many of the past Nobel Peace laureates have visited ground zero,' the Hiroshima-based Chugoku newspaper said in an editorial. 'We urge him to go and see the place himself and renew his commitment to a nuclear-free world.'"
While Ubama is over there, maybe he could visit Nanking.
A Japanese Civil War, would have made the Korean War look like a walk in the park.
That’s right, I forgot about that.
I hope someone told lil’ Johnny Leibowitz (his real last name) that if not for ‘war criminals’ like Eisenhower, Truman, Patton, etc., his lame little sarcastic ass would be a bar of soap right now.
If we had not had atomic weapons, we would have invaded the Home Islands. It would have been like Okinawa, but worse. Our boys would have had to kill just about everybody to secure those islands.
Leave aside, for a moment, the American losses, which would have been huge. The loss of life on the Japanese side would have been in the Tens of Millions.
Those atomic bombs were the best thing that ever happened to Japan, because of what they prevented. It is an ugly truth, but war is an ugly business.
Not to mention the likelihood of calling in the Soviets to help and ultimately partitioning the country as with Germany and Korea.
“How often can this man embarrass the US in his presidency ?”
He’s only embarrassing us. The millions of idiots in this country are delighted by all this.
I sense another apology tour on the way.
My very existence is owed to Harry S Truman.
Grandpa would have been shipped to the far east to participate in the invasion of Japan.
Nuking those cities SAVED US lives.
Obama can go put a skirt on and pound sand.
Neither should Obama.
I would bet that your assessment is true.
The thing is, the next one to pop will be on his watch and undoubtedly be his fault.
For all the crap Imperial Japan pulled in Asia in the 30’s and 40’s I would say Hiroshima and Nagasaki made us “Even Stevens”.
Re-building their country after the war means they, in fact, owe us.
Brilliant observation: mine too, as my dad was a sailor aboard the USS New Jersey, which would have without a doubt played a role in an invasion of Japan proper.
Although Truman's later bungling of the Korean War and firing of Gen. MacArthur left a black mark on his overall record, he showed immense courage in making the decisions regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In that respect, HST was a statesman: an unfortunately vanishing breed in politics today.
I thought Richard Hampster Gere did the appology thing on some move PAID FOR by the Japanese.
Perhaps Obama will appologize for campaign donations.
follow the money.
Truman was one of the very VERY few great democrat presidents.