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Bombed cities invite Obama to visit (Hiroshima / Nagasaki) (New stop for apology tour?)
Politico ^ | 10/27/2009 | Alexander Burns

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.'"


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; apologytour; hiroshima; nagasaki; obamaregime
There's no question he will go...so he can apologize for our victory of WWII and to promise reparations for all of the Japanese deaths we caused. (*blech*)
1 posted on 10/27/2009 8:13:46 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“I’m sorry that the Communists did not get to play a role in the shaping of post-war Japan”


2 posted on 10/27/2009 8:15:53 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all the while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: markomalley

It’s a twofer: apology opportunity and excuse to avoid making a decision of AfPak.


3 posted on 10/27/2009 8:18:57 AM PDT by batter (Wolverines!)
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To: markomalley

No doubt he will ask the Japanese to apologize for bombing Pearl Harbor. Yeah, sure.....


4 posted on 10/27/2009 8:20:59 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: markomalley

for the record, they weren’t nuclear weapons, but atomic weapons.


5 posted on 10/27/2009 8:23:45 AM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: markomalley

Yes, of course, he’d say that if only we’d had a nuclear-free world back in 1945, the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would never have had to happen.

Regards,


6 posted on 10/27/2009 8:24:23 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: basil
How often can this man embarrass the US in his presidency ?
7 posted on 10/27/2009 8:24:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: markomalley

Will “The Head” apologize to ex-girlfriends?


8 posted on 10/27/2009 8:24:53 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: markomalley

Have these two Japanese gentlemen ever been to Pearl Harbor?


9 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:10 AM PDT by silverleaf ("For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice"- Krauthammer)
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To: markomalley

Well *that* ain’t the way *I* heeeeeeeeeered it!
The way *I* heeeeard it:

One terrorist fella said to another terrorist sniper: “Saaaaay! Why don’t we get him to come to Tripoli to apologize for the U.S. Marines?”!


10 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:19 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

A four year term has approximately 1,460 days so I would say at least 1,000 times.


11 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:37 AM PDT by sticker
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To: markomalley; All
There is considerable movement under the surface, to arrange it--we have heard from multiple, good sources here in Tokyo. If in fact he goes, he will indeed apologize for the bombings and project that it was the fault of the United States and perhaps even a war crime.

However, as you might expect, for the life of them, they dont want to get it out, so they are keeping it under wraps until the last minute--one will know when one gets wind of the State Dept. and White House advance men when they hit town, if they start poking around Hiroshima or Nagasaki, we will know they are serious about adding it to "Obama's Great Worldwide Apology Tour 2009". The scoundrels are, the political section of the US Embassy in Tokyo (with particular input and pressure by our current ambassador here), and on the other side of the town, the Democratic Party of Japan (new, ruling party). In between are various liberal/leftist disarmament groups, the mayors of Hiro and Naga, the governors as well from those two prefectures (probably). Everyone is keeping rather hush hush about it, for they fear a huge PR explosion in the USA from "extremist hawk-types" back in their face, such as they got with the revisionist Enola Gay exhibition at the Air/Space Museum in D.C. some years ago.

This one indeed merits watching. Some well placed Republican Senators, if they had the b*lls, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could get to the bottom of this one REAL quick, if you ask me.

12 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:49 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (For once I AGREE with Obama. H1N1 IS a "national emergency". Stock MORE food, weapons, ammo, gold...)
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To: markomalley

Be careful what you wish for. We would of probably had a real World War III if not for atomic/nuclear weapons. As WW II showed, even without atomic weapons man has pretty good at killing each other. The Japs should now that considering what happened to Tokyo where more people dies in a single raid using incendiaries than at Hiroshima or Nagasaki.


13 posted on 10/27/2009 8:27:52 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: markomalley
I remember a cover story from Mad magazine where the Japanese Pilots were asking for compensation for the damage to their eardrums when the Arizona and the other targets at Pearl Harbour blew up.

It was MAD then but given the present Administration I'm not surprised!

14 posted on 10/27/2009 8:28:59 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!">)
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To: markomalley

Terrific. Now he can emulate Jon Stewart and call Harry Truman a war criminal.


15 posted on 10/27/2009 8:29:04 AM PDT by cld51860
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To: johnandrhonda
for the record, they weren’t nuclear weapons, but atomic weapons.

Wrong. There is no distinction in meaning between "nuclear" weapons and "atomic" weapons.

Now, if you were to talk about thermonuclear weapons, that would be something else.

Regards,

16 posted on 10/27/2009 8:30:07 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: markomalley

Tell him to review this before he goes:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2349112/posts


17 posted on 10/27/2009 8:30:31 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--(food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

My original commentary was tongue-in-cheek.

Geez.

Thanks a lot.


18 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:44 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

What the POTUS should say, “This is what happens when you mess with the US.”


19 posted on 10/27/2009 8:34:38 AM PDT by TheDon
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To: markomalley

Even IF Japan apologized for their

Attack on the Chinese and the rape and murder of over a million
The Attack on Pearl Harbor,
The Slaughter of men, women and children in the Philippines,
Their merciless actions at Bataan,
and the many other atrocities visited upon innocent people all over the Pacific I WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE for ENDING their ATROCITIES with a nuclear device.


20 posted on 10/27/2009 8:36:11 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: markomalley

Harry Truman, the President who authorized the atomic bomb attacks on Japan
The last Democrat President who had balls.

21 posted on 10/27/2009 8:39:01 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: markomalley

While Ubama is over there, maybe he could visit Nanking.


22 posted on 10/27/2009 8:39:47 AM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go Phillies!)
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To: a fool in paradise
“I’m sorry that the Communists did not get to play a role in the shaping of post-war Japan”

A Japanese Civil War, would have made the Korean War look like a walk in the park.

23 posted on 10/27/2009 8:39:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cld51860

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.


24 posted on 10/27/2009 8:43:28 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--(food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

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.


25 posted on 10/27/2009 8:44:34 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy
The loss of life on the Japanese side would have been in the Tens of Millions.

Not to mention the likelihood of calling in the Soviets to help and ultimately partitioning the country as with Germany and Korea.

26 posted on 10/27/2009 8:46:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“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.


27 posted on 10/27/2009 8:46:58 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Soothesayer

I sense another apology tour on the way.


28 posted on 10/27/2009 8:49:49 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Ev Reeman; All

29 posted on 10/27/2009 8:51:59 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Red in Blue PA; All

30 posted on 10/27/2009 8:52:48 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


31 posted on 10/27/2009 8:56:34 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: markomalley
My wife's Grandfather accepted the surrender of Nagasaki on his ship and he did not apologize.

Neither should Obama.

32 posted on 10/27/2009 9:03:55 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I would bet that your assessment is true.


33 posted on 10/27/2009 9:03:55 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying for -16 today.)
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To: markomalley

The thing is, the next one to pop will be on his watch and undoubtedly be his fault.


34 posted on 10/27/2009 9:04:03 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Democrats scare me, the GOP infuriates me.")
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To: markomalley
Can't make it to the Berlin Wall's demise celebration, but, if he can make America look bad, Obambi’s there.
35 posted on 10/27/2009 9:05:54 AM PDT by mojito
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To: markomalley

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.


36 posted on 10/27/2009 9:10:11 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Le Chien Rouge
My very existence is owed to Harry S Truman.

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.

37 posted on 10/27/2009 9:10:19 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: markomalley


"The apologies are strong in this one..."


38 posted on 10/27/2009 9:14:49 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: markomalley

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.


39 posted on 10/27/2009 9:19:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: bassmaner

Truman was one of the very VERY few great democrat presidents.


40 posted on 10/27/2009 9:20:22 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: markomalley

Obama will apologize for the US dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and imply that somehow the Republicans were responsible.


41 posted on 10/27/2009 9:32:23 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Ev Reeman

If the Germans had gotten the bomb first they would have shared it with the Japanese.


42 posted on 10/27/2009 9:33:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: markomalley
Maybe the Nips will surprise us by offering a peace prize for all the lives saved by the timely end to the war.
43 posted on 10/27/2009 9:38:01 AM PDT by caveat emptor
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To: massgopguy

The Germans might have invaded the East Coast and the Japanese would have invaded the West Coast. Would they in turn battle it out for control of the entire country or leave it divided? Grist for a novel?


44 posted on 10/27/2009 9:40:01 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: markomalley

One wonders if Obama will bow before the emporer of Japan?


45 posted on 10/27/2009 12:51:17 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Ev Reeman
Ironically, Truman came out of the St. Louis mob (Pendergast & Co.) and grew into his job.

Now Zero?

Nawwwwww... he's a Chicago product through and through.

46 posted on 10/27/2009 12:57:59 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

I would love to see someone smack him down like that!!


47 posted on 10/27/2009 5:08:58 PM PDT by cld51860
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