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Obama Declines To Defend U.S. Bombing Of Hiroshima, Nagasaki
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/13/2009 5:06:12 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Defending the decision of the United States to drop nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII is not a comfortable thing to do when you're in Japan. But if you're President of the United States, you must do it. Diplomatically, yes. With sympathy for the civilian victims, yes. But you must do it.

But when it came time today for Barack Obama to do so, he failed in that fundamental duty. The very first reporter [from Fuji TV] called on at the joint press conference with PBO and Japanese PM Hatayama in Tokyo today put the question to Pres. Obama in blunt and explicit terms:

JAPANESE REPORTER: What is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Do you think it was the right decision?

Obama took a deep breath, paused . . . and punted . . .

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barackobama; hiroshima; nagasaki; nuclearweapons
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1 posted on 11/13/2009 5:06:15 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Obama fails to defend nuking of Japan ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 11/13/2009 5:07:12 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

yeah well, whatever. I never expected him to. He’s shown what he’s made of - gelatin. Or Silly Putty - can be molded and stretched into whatever George Soros and his other handlers want him to be.

WORST PRESIDENT EVER.


3 posted on 11/13/2009 5:09:01 AM PST by SueRae
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obama: an utter shame to his (well, maybe) nation and the single biggest fomenter of trouble for the world economy short of the the Black Death (hey, maybe that could be his nickname if he has his way with the capitalist system).


4 posted on 11/13/2009 5:10:46 AM PST by aruanan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Can't expect the prize "winner" to defend the use of that pesky old A-bomb, now could we?


5 posted on 11/13/2009 5:11:14 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

6 posted on 11/13/2009 5:12:07 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Present!


7 posted on 11/13/2009 5:13:00 AM PST by rhombus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

A useless, useless person.


8 posted on 11/13/2009 5:14:19 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Godspeed, T, on your fourth tour of duty in Iraq.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
barrack is a vagina to the tenth power... a commie rat and a muzzie... straight from hell.

LLS

9 posted on 11/13/2009 5:14:48 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What a disappointment..... drip, drip, drip


10 posted on 11/13/2009 5:14:53 AM PST by pointsal
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Will the MSM report Obama's duck and cover?

A rhetorical question, I presume.

11 posted on 11/13/2009 5:17:06 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

p u s s y


12 posted on 11/13/2009 5:17:10 AM PST by MGMSwordsman
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Do you think it was the right decision?

The proper response would have been "It was an excellent decision. It saved the lives of a million Americans and also the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of Japanese".

This is what an invasion of Japan would have looked like.

13 posted on 11/13/2009 5:18:07 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It appeared from the video that Obama was looking down at what was proably a talking points/briefing book to keep him on message. His failure to respond to the question about whether the decision to drop nuclear weapons on Japan was correct or not, was probably not one of the items on his talking points cheat sheet.

A non-answer was probably better than his typical apology. However, it was an unsatisfactory response for America. This man is a disgrace.

14 posted on 11/13/2009 5:18:12 AM PST by kabar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

NO SURPRISE from that libtard citizen of the world ectoplasm!

In a normal world this guy would be a joke ,a caricature


15 posted on 11/13/2009 5:18:21 AM PST by Ulysse (a)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obama sympathizes with all those who attack America....


16 posted on 11/13/2009 5:18:40 AM PST by Always Right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The proper response is “If Japan had the weapon first and it could have turned the tide and won the war for them, would they have used it on the US?”.


17 posted on 11/13/2009 5:19:06 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It’s not hard to understand ‘why’ if you understand the ‘cloth’ that he’s made out of.

ZERO views himself not as past Presidents have. Those who have viewed themselves as a continuation of ‘American Exceptionalism’ (although to a much lesser degree shown in past Democrat Presidents like Carter and Clinton).

No. ZERO views himself as being something completly ‘different’ and ‘representing a complete break’ with that belief. Thereby ‘rejecting’ the past view of what represented American Exceptionalism - and interjection his own ‘view’, i.e. all of the APOLOGIZING’ he has embarked on for perceived ‘WRONGS’ by him and anti-Americans throughout the world.


18 posted on 11/13/2009 5:19:30 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Be nice to have a POTUS who could make a decision. How hard is it to look them straight in the eye and say “Yes. Your government and people made a terrible mistake. We fixed it.”


19 posted on 11/13/2009 5:19:30 AM PST by bigheadfred (WOGGA LA HOOGA!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“Obama Declines To Defend U.S. Bombing Of Hiroshima, Nagasaki”

J A C K A S S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 11/13/2009 5:20:28 AM PST by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

My father and father-in-law were both in the Pacific in 1945.

My family would probably not exist if Harry had not dropped the bombs.


21 posted on 11/13/2009 5:20:56 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obama made a major error, when he stated he was happy that PM Yukio Hatoyama pledged 5 billion dollars over five years for the Afghanistan War.

BUT wait, Yukio (they are on a first name basis, don’t you know) only promised 5 billion yen over five years, and that is only about 56 million USD, NOT the $5 Billion Obama stated... Obama needs a better teleprompter, one that can convert yen to usd...

5 billion Japanese yen = 55.68500 million U.S. dollars


22 posted on 11/13/2009 5:21:14 AM PST by MajorThomas (Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.)
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To: SueRae

“He’s shown what he’s made of - gelatin.”

Actually, a smart reporter would have phrased the question by quoting JFK’s strong support for the need to use the bomb (while he was a liberal on domestic policy, too many forget how hardline Kennedy was when it came to military matters and foreign policy) and asking Obama whether he agreed with this. It is unimaginable that Obama would have publicly voiced any criticism of JFK. Of course such a response would not have revealed the man’s true feelings, but at least it would have avoided embarrassing Americans to have to see their spineless president show his true colors.


23 posted on 11/13/2009 5:21:53 AM PST by DrC
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To: bigheadfred
I'd like to hear a return volley of "What is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Pearl Harbor? Do you think it was the right decision? After all, we didn't start the war in the Pacific."

While I'm dreaming, I want a pony.

24 posted on 11/13/2009 5:22:03 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well, he certainly slithered around that question.


25 posted on 11/13/2009 5:22:24 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
PBO gave a halting response that utterly failed to answer the question.

Did someone unplug Totus again?

26 posted on 11/13/2009 5:23:53 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: MortMan; bigheadfred
Once more, with correctness...

I'd like to hear a return volley of "What is your understanding of the historical meaning of sneak attack on Pearl Harbor? Do you think it was the right decision? After all, we didn't start the war in the Pacific."

While I'm dreaming, I want a pony.

27 posted on 11/13/2009 5:24:49 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: MortMan

A pony WOULD be nice! Instead we just have to wade thru one pile of horsesh!+ after another.


28 posted on 11/13/2009 5:25:38 AM PST by bigheadfred (WOGGA LA HOOGA!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ALSO, did you notice that Yukio’s very first statement in his speech, was over the concern of the tragic shooting in Texas of our US soldiers.

Think back, remember how long it took Obama to mention this in his speech he gave in America on the day of the shooting... after many callouts to his many supporters and friends... he finally mentioned that yes, we had a shooting in Texas.

Very telling about leadership and statesmanship, or Obama’s lack thereof.


29 posted on 11/13/2009 5:26:47 AM PST by MajorThomas (Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey! What is that dark fluid leaking out of Obama/Osama’s right ear? ;)


30 posted on 11/13/2009 5:27:11 AM PST by Levante
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To: MajorThomas

I thought it was USD and not yen, you may be right as I was surprised when I heard of that sizable amount.

Makes sense now. I saw part of that presser, Obama actually said he forgot some of the original questions the reporters asked, and they had thrown a ton of questions at Obama.

And he totally flubbed everything, he had no spark, had no impression of even being awake fully, he displayed a visible sigh when the PM was giving his speech.

This POTUS is useless, I am very sure the headlines in Japan today will be pointing all this and more out.


31 posted on 11/13/2009 5:28:10 AM PST by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
..the spineless one apologizes again for victory. In Japan whose country recently had to duck China backed North Korean missiles......beckons back to a US victory and only confirms the ever growing world opinion...HE'S WEAK and SPINELESS, something our military fighting men and women are sure to notice.....
32 posted on 11/13/2009 5:28:18 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: LibFreeUSA

Right - it would be like the Bolsheviks defending the Czars - not gonna happen.


33 posted on 11/13/2009 5:29:02 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Levante

his s*** for brains


34 posted on 11/13/2009 5:30:26 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’d like to hear from our Freeper friends in Japan what the local reaction is to this. Seems like his non committal to any position at all on this would make the Japanese as mad as we are.


35 posted on 11/13/2009 5:34:34 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Bingo! And they were working on it along with Hitler.


36 posted on 11/13/2009 5:34:47 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: DrC

Harry Truman was a Democrat as well. Obama should have said that he would not second guess the decision made by a US President fighting for national survival in the midst of a global war that consumed over 80 million lives, including 416,000 Americans killed and more than 800,000 wounded. He could then say that he preferred to look forward than backwards and that Japan and the US have a strong alliance and warm friendship with Japan and its people.


37 posted on 11/13/2009 5:36:28 AM PST by kabar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Twerp doesn’t even understand basic history. Those bombs saved millions of American AND Japanese lives. Yes obama bombing DOES save lives.
38 posted on 11/13/2009 5:40:34 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Pathetic but expected from President O’Putty. I’m actually a little relieved he didn’t offer an apology. A dodge is better than a total capitulation.


39 posted on 11/13/2009 5:40:54 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Above his paygrade.


40 posted on 11/13/2009 5:41:46 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: kabar
There had been a rumor circulating that Barry would apologize for Hiro and Naga and describe the bombing as a “war crime.” I have absolutely no doubt this speech was under consideration at the WH.
41 posted on 11/13/2009 5:43:00 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

With every word that comes forth from this mealy little turd’s mouth, I miss great Presidents like Ronald Reagan that much more.

Hopefully, in 2012, we’ll have a President that actually loves his country and appreciates the pain and sacrifice that generations before him had to endure.


42 posted on 11/13/2009 5:46:18 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Soup Kitchens!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
War crime? What then? Will we try Harry Truman in absentia? I can see Obama apologizing [he has already done as much when he said that the US was the only country ever to use nuclear weapons], but I seriously doubt that even the Messiah would ever call the bombings a war crime. Politically, he would be slitting his own throat.
43 posted on 11/13/2009 5:48:16 AM PST by kabar
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To: reagan_fanatic

The Greatest Generation has no historical meaning to him. History began with his election. Just ask him.


44 posted on 11/13/2009 5:51:32 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Travis McGee
My family would probably not exist if Harry had not dropped the bombs.

That is true for a large number of families, both American and Japanese.

45 posted on 11/13/2009 5:55:23 AM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
C'mon Freepers, lighten up. As drones, we're supposed to be proud to be so hip to elect some inexperienced but oh-so-super-suave black dude as President.

/s

46 posted on 11/13/2009 6:05:04 AM PST by kromike
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Hussein's 2009 world wide apology tour continues.
47 posted on 11/13/2009 6:06:41 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (I am tired of being PC. It's time for torches, pitchforks, tar, feathers and GUNS.)
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To: kabar

It would endear him to his political base.


48 posted on 11/13/2009 6:07:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

More evidence that Barack Obama hates America.


49 posted on 11/13/2009 6:09:37 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's a good thing the reporter didn't ask him a question on the historical meaning of 9/11...

That would have been really embarassing!

50 posted on 11/13/2009 6:12:04 AM PST by Gritty (The Omnipresent Leader has traditionally been a characteristic feature of 3rd World dumps-Mark Steyn)
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