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Obama Stumbles Again (video of Barry speaking sans teleprompter alert)
Powerlineblog.com ^ | 11/14/09 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 11/14/2009 4:32:27 PM PST by OldDeckHand

Barack Obama: you can dress him up, but you can't take him out. Every time he goes abroad, he embarrasses himself and sells out his country.

In Japan today, Obama gave a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama. He was asked this question, for which he was unaccountably unprepared:

"And to President Obama, you are a proponent of a nuclear-free world, and you've stated, first of all, you would like to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki while in office. Do you have this desire? And what is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Do you think that it was the right decision?"

To understand how stumbling and ill-prepared Obama's response was, you really have to watch the video. In the end, the reporter repeats the question, did the U.S. do the right thing in bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And Obama refuses to answer:

Here's the key part of the transcript:

"... Now, obviously Japan has unique perspective on the issue of nuclear weapons as a consequence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And that I'm sure helps to motivate the Prime Minister's deep interest in this issue. I certainly would be honored, it would be meaningful for me to visit those two cities in the future. I don't have immediate travel plans, but it's something that would be meaningful to me."

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoasia; bhovisit; fool; idiot; japan; totus; wwii
Someone start the timer counting down 'till the time Barry apologizes for winning WWII.
1 posted on 11/14/2009 4:32:29 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

He refuses to answer. He refuses to make decisions. He refuses to do the right thing. He is a horrible POS.


2 posted on 11/14/2009 4:37:27 PM PST by bergmeid (obama. With a small o.)
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To: OldDeckHand

The dimrats voted him in, along with the rinos and other assorted idiots, because they were convinced by the liberal news media that Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, was more knowledgeable about these things than Sarah Palin

What a joke.


3 posted on 11/14/2009 4:37:34 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: OldDeckHand

Not teleprompters. They’re mirrors.


4 posted on 11/14/2009 4:38:52 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: bergmeid
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5 posted on 11/14/2009 4:39:54 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: old curmudgeon

My VERY first thought, as well!

I need one of those, “Don’t Blame Me; I Voted For Sarah” bumper stickers!!


6 posted on 11/14/2009 4:40:19 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (We have a Pisher in Chief!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Similar to “Don’t blame me I voted for the American”.


7 posted on 11/14/2009 4:41:52 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: OldDeckHand

What.. TOTUS couldn’t get an entry Visa?


8 posted on 11/14/2009 4:41:52 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: OldDeckHand

Obammy would love to apologize...unfortunately there are 2.1 million WW2 vet still alive. He’ll just have to wait.


9 posted on 11/14/2009 4:43:05 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: Tawiskaro

ROFL


10 posted on 11/14/2009 4:44:31 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: old curmudgeon

“idiots...were convinced by the liberal news media that Obummer...was more knowledgeable about these things than Sarah Palin”
***********

They are marching along to serfdom/sodom, and don’t want right-thinking people to stand in the way of their self-destruction.


11 posted on 11/14/2009 4:45:23 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: OldDeckHand

Ok so let me get this straight Lamestream media, Obama is the most qualified guy on the planet and Sarah Palin is unqualified. How is that even possible. Obama proves time and time again that HE is just an idiot. No wonder he won’t release his school transcripts. Probably full of C’s and D’s


12 posted on 11/14/2009 4:45:28 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: OldDeckHand
And now the Asian people learn what the euros and arabs and Israelis have found to their deep disappointment--The self appointed "first Pacific president" is a dullwitted asshole.

Soon even the dazed idiot children of America will figure it out as well.

13 posted on 11/14/2009 4:45:40 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Oooo! I hadn’t seen that one. :)


14 posted on 11/14/2009 4:48:18 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (We have a Pisher in Chief!)
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To: OldDeckHand

He’s sweating bullets because he knows if he faces the question of historical accountability head-on, the PRC might ask him what he thinks about what happened at NANKING..!!!

Hey, when you owe your sorry *ss not just to BankA but also BankB, then you have REAL PROBLEMS...!!!


15 posted on 11/14/2009 4:48:49 PM PST by gaijin
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To: OldDeckHand

16 posted on 11/14/2009 4:49:12 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: OldDeckHand

“Barack Obama: you can dress him up, but you can’t take him out. Every time he goes abroad, he embarrasses himself and sells out his country.”

Enough of the Peter principle. This man needs early retirement. Just resign, play golf, write a memoir, collect the beni’s. Please.


17 posted on 11/14/2009 4:52:56 PM PST by corvus
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To: OldDeckHand

i think sarah palin would have nailed it.


18 posted on 11/14/2009 4:53:33 PM PST by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: Dallas59
Obammy would love to apologize...unfortunately there are 2.1 million WW2 vet still alive. He’ll just have to wait.

Once he get's his health care bill passed he can send them all off for a visit with the death panel.

Won't have to worry about them anymore (of course ACORN will make sure he still has their votes).

19 posted on 11/14/2009 4:55:47 PM PST by seowulf (Petraeus, cross the Rubicon.)
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To: OldDeckHand
And what is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Don't pi$$ off the Americans.

Do you think that it was the right decision?
When you ask that of anyone who suffered under Japanese occupation, they ask in return, "Why did you drop only two?"

20 posted on 11/14/2009 4:56:48 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: OldDeckHand

The transcript should have all the uhs, ahs, ums, added...although I understand that it would be very time consuming.


21 posted on 11/14/2009 4:57:30 PM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: corvus
This man needs early retirement. Just resign, play golf, write a memoir, collect the beni’s.

With all of this pressure he's under, he might just snap like his blood brother Hasan and go on a rampage shooting us all.

Maybe a trip to the room with padded walls would be more appropriate.

22 posted on 11/14/2009 4:58:51 PM PST by seowulf (Petraeus, cross the Rubicon.)
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To: gaijin
"the PRC might ask him what he thinks about what happened at NANKING..!!!"

Nanking? You're kidding, right. Barry doesn't know Nanking anymore than he knows the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. I'm surprised he didn't answer the question with, "What's World War Two?" You're giving the guy WAY too much credit. For him, history - not just American, but ALL history - started in 1961. Like all narcissists, history began with his birth.

23 posted on 11/14/2009 5:03:59 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: OldDeckHand

What an intellectual lightweight. Truly, he is the affirmative action president; a product of mediocre schooling. He deserves an F in history. If he did not want to answer the question, he merely needed to say so. However, I suspect that he was startled to field a question that requires a minimal expertise in US history. We know that back home he is spoon fed and never gets an unexpected question by the accomplice media.
He does not understand that it was estimated that the US would loose several million casualties with a Japanese invasion. Even more Japanese would have died. Okinawa and Iwo Jima proved that the japanes soldier was ready to fight to the death. WW2 was brutal and the public demanded a rapid conclusion. There were only a few back channels of diplomacy between the US and Japan through the Soviet Union and it was far from certain that the the Japanese leadership would have consented to unconditional surrender. After all, Japan still had a sizable contingent of forces in China, Korea, and Indonesia. Some have floated the idea that the US could have had a demonstration bomb, but the US had no additional reserve of A-bombs if the demonstration did not yield a Japanese surrender.
In the final analysis, the atomic bombs,through horrific, actually saved lives. In fact, the conventional bombing of Tokyo resulted in more deaths that the A bombs.


24 posted on 11/14/2009 5:04:04 PM PST by grumpygresh
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To: OldDeckHand
Don't hold your breath waiting for Zippy to point out the conservative estimate of over a million American and Japanese lives that were saved by bringing the war to an abrupt end. No, he's more concerned with eliminating all nuclear weapons. He'd muck that up so bad that the only country that would end up without a deterrent would be the USA.
25 posted on 11/14/2009 5:09:07 PM PST by JPG (Obama's plan for America...today, Labor Unions...tomorrow, Labor Camps.)
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To: OldDeckHand

This POS shouldn’t be trusted with Sasha’s Pez dispenser, let alone the country.


26 posted on 11/14/2009 5:09:28 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: grumpygresh
In the final analysis, the atomic bombs,through horrific, actually saved lives.

All of your facts are accurate. You have said all that needs to be said.

Anybody who disagrees with your conclusion is either a.) misinformed or b.) disinformed.

There is no good reason for there to be any argument about this matter, whatsoever.

27 posted on 11/14/2009 5:10:58 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I receieved a lot of different ones in an email and tried to send them to you, but html isn't allowed.

Another good one - Obama is not Jesus. Jesus could build a cabinet.

A scary one - Please don't tell Obama what comes after trillion.

28 posted on 11/14/2009 5:13:28 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: seowulf
I consider that remark in poor taste. You owe many an apology for your choice of words.

Once he get's his health care bill passed he can send them all off for a visit with the death panel."

It didn't work when the Japs tried it on Bataan and it will not work for the Magic Negro either.

Semper Fi
An Old Man

29 posted on 11/14/2009 5:15:42 PM PST by An Old Man (Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without.)
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To: cruise_missile

I bet you’re right! They ARE mirrors. oh hardihar, good one.


30 posted on 11/14/2009 5:16:10 PM PST by bboop
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To: OldDeckHand
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S’pose while he was down there he apologized for WWII??


31 posted on 11/14/2009 5:32:04 PM PST by Dick Bachert ('08 WASN'T AN ELECTION. IT WAS AN INFESTATION. FUMIGATION HAS ALREADY BEGUN!)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Those are all very, very good! Thanks. :)


32 posted on 11/14/2009 5:38:12 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (We have a Pisher in Chief!)
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To: Dallas59

“unfortunately there are 2.1 million WW2 vet still alive.”

And it’s a shame that these brave WW II vets will die with this piece of crap standing over them as CIC.

What the hell were Americans thinking? I’m especially pissed at the 20 to 29 year old crowd who voted for this piece of garbage overwhelmingly. There needs to be payback to these assholes, but I don’t know what - yet.


33 posted on 11/14/2009 5:46:36 PM PST by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: OldDeckHand
I certainly would be honored, it would be meaningful for me to visit those two cities in the future

HONORED --wrong choice of words Barak
34 posted on 11/14/2009 5:47:01 PM PST by uncbob
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To: OldDeckHand

35 posted on 11/14/2009 6:07:05 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: OldDeckHand

How hard can it be to look the Japanese straight in the eye and say:

“YES. You made a terrible mistake. We fixed it.”


36 posted on 11/14/2009 6:30:35 PM PST by bigheadfred (Be who you are and say what you feel: Those who mind don't matter.Those who matter don't mind.)
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To: OldDeckHand

We won WWII?
When we freed Europe from the Nazi grip but then turned it over to the Russians.


37 posted on 11/14/2009 6:31:35 PM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Obama couldn’t answer what Hiroshima means to Americans - for obvious reasons...


38 posted on 11/14/2009 6:39:20 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: OldDeckHand
Why is he bowing to the Japanese Emperor Akihito?

# # How many Heads of State bowed to Akihito?


39 posted on 11/14/2009 6:41:46 PM PST by TigersEye (0bama is our first Port of Entry President - I hope he goes home.)
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To: bergmeid

You’re probably right, but I might be right also in saying, “he doesn’t know how to answer.” I believe this man is simply a digital recording/feedback mechanism (sort of like a parrot?). He doesn’t “think” about things like other people do, he checks his database for what is “supposed to be said” for such a question ... when there is no answer already prepared ... he “blue screens.”


40 posted on 11/14/2009 6:46:27 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ( The Pat">riot's Flag at "http://www.thepatriotsflag.com/)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Obama is in so far over his head. He bs’d his way into office thinking this was going to be easy. He’s proving to be a total embarrassment at home and abroad


41 posted on 11/14/2009 7:21:13 PM PST by staten island ny
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To: zwerni

“i think sarah palin would have nailed it.”

If she had given it some thought before hand yes.

Man, do I wish she had a do over for Katie’s question. I’m sure that she’d nail that one also.


42 posted on 11/14/2009 8:02:33 PM PST by UnChained ( I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; so be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves)
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To: OldDeckHand

obama is so dumb, he doesn’t even know that USA bombed Japan


43 posted on 11/14/2009 10:56:23 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Oatka

And what is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
-—Don’t pi$$ off the Americans.

Do you think that it was the right decision?
-—When you ask that of anyone who suffered under Japanese occupation, they ask in return, “Why did you drop only two?”


Reminds me of Gene Hackman’s line in the movie “Crimson Tide”, after receiving a “complicated” answer from Denzel Washington about whether or not it was a mistake to drop the bombs:

“If someone asks me if we should drop the bomb on Japan, a simple ‘Yes. By all means, sir. Drop that f***er...twice!’”


44 posted on 11/14/2009 11:39:42 PM PST by Christian4Bush (2010 and 2012 cannot get here soon enough.)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I don’t disagree with that. It may just be a combination. I am just so scared of this total ineptitude and incompetency. I just think he doesn’t care one whit about this country and its citizens. He certainly doesn’t show that he cares.


45 posted on 11/15/2009 4:26:22 AM PST by bergmeid (obama. With a small o.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Similar to “Don’t blame me I voted for the American”.

The problem was there was NOBODY in the last election who was for America. The two candidates were both only for themselves.
46 posted on 11/15/2009 4:40:14 AM PST by John D
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To: John D

Wow. Unfortunately few will see this.


47 posted on 11/15/2009 9:58:16 AM PST by AZFolks
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To: grumpygresh

At the Potsdam Conference of 24 July 1945, the Allied position was that the ‘Japanese forces would be disarmed’ Japanese sovereignty would be limited to the four main islands of Japan ‘and such minor islands as we shall determine’ and ‘respect for fundamental human rights’ would be established. The message ended with this: ‘We call upon the Government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The aternative for Japan is complete and utter destruction.’

The implementation of these publically stated objectives required the complete defeat of Japan and it’s occupation. The militarists controlling Japan were determined to resist even unto the destruction of Japan. Prime Minister Suzuki Kantaro was willing to negotiate peace thru Switzerland or the Soviet Union, but War Minister Anami Korechika and the Chiefs of Staff Gen. Umeza Yoshijiro and Adm Toyoda Soemu insisted on ‘ prosecuting the war to the bitter end in order to uphold our national essence, protect the imperial land and (incredibly) achieve our goals of conquest’. The Japanese correctly deduced the objectives of Operation Downfall, the proposed US invasion scheme which was divided into two phases, Olympic, the invasion of Kyushu and Coronet, the invasion of the main island of Honshu.

Accordingly the Japanese prepared Operation Decision (Ketsu-Go) which envisaged the deployment of over 2 million troops along the coast to repel Allied landings, to be reinforced by four million armed forces civillian employees and a civillian militia of old people, school children of both sexes numbering 28 million. An invasion of Japan would have been D-day magnified a thousand times, it would have been Stalingrad from the sea. For instance, The 2nd Marine Division was slated to be in the initial assault. It no longer appears in the plans for Operation Olympic after D-Day + 4. The assumption is that it would have ceased to exist or be combat ineffective. Other units are similarly omitted.

An actual model exists for such speculation, the Battle for Okinowa. Pre invasion Okinowa was populated by 574,368 Okinowans.. Take a trip to Okinawa and visit Peace Prayer Park. It’s easy to find. It is right next to the Suicide Cliffs just down the road a ways from the Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters. There you will see the names of 200,656 men women and children inscribed on black marble slabs who died on that island in the last battle of World War II. Those slabs reveal the following death toll: Japanese 188,136
From other prefectures (soldiers and civilian employees) 65,908
From Okinawa (soldiers and civilian employees) 28,228
From Okinawa (civilians fighting in battles) 56,861
From Okinawa (non-fighting civilians) 37,139
Americans 12,520
Following the battle there was not one thing on the island growing or man-made that was over 24 inches high. The entire population of the island was 574,368 and there were 4.72 artillery shells fired per person during the battle. The land war on Okinawa was soul destroying brutal as American soldiers and Marines doggedly attempted to break the ferocious Japanese resistance. Names like Sugar Loaf and Kakazu Ridge still invoke nightmarish memories from Okinawa veterans. The US Navy suffered the worst pounding in its history, with over 5000 sailors killed and 35 ships sunk by Kamikaze attack.
People extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese casualties at Okinawa to 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. Those estimates could have vastly understated the actual causalities. Japan’s 374,000 mountainous square miles mathematically enables over 500 defensive redoubts comparable to General Ushijima’s formidable Okinawa constructions such as those on the Shuri line that inflicted most Okinawa losses. The War Faction adopted the motto of “100 million Japanese deaths” for planning final mainland battles. Besides kamikazes, redeployed Kwantung divisions, and bamboo spears for civilians, the allies faced biological warfare. Occupation searchers uncovered large stockpiles of viruses, spirochetes, and fungus spores throughout rural Japan. One delivery plan directed Japanese to infect themselves and then surrender. The “Greatest Generation” and their parents would have been enraged to discover a political cabal who satisfied their moral orthodoxy by condemning over 500,000 Americans who might otherwise have been saved.

Other consequences of other than a rapid end to the war were the slow starvation of the Japanese people. Their island nation’s food supplying merchant fleet was at the bottom of the Pacific, with 5 million tons of it put there by the thoroughly successful American submarine campaign. In the summer of 1945 Field Marshal Terauchi had openly ordered prison camp commanders to slaughter the Allied prisoners in their control (who were dying at a 33% death rate) at the onset of the invasion. The brutal Japanese occupations of the conquered Asian nations were killing tens of thousands of civilians a month in China, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, the Solomons, Thailand, and anywhere that the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere sent its soldiers, inflamed by the Japanese militarist’s corrupted code of Bushido to rape, pillage and kill without mercy. Millions of Asian civilians were killed and others in China served as guinea pigs for Unit 731’s depraved medical experimentations into human vivisection, disease infestation and other atrocities more horrifying than the vilest of Josef Mengele’s worst inspirations. Japanese scientists performed tests on prisoners centering on the plague, cholera, smallpox, botulism and other diseases. This research led to the development of the defoliation bacilli bomb and the flea bomb used to spread the bubonic plague. Some of these bombs were designed with ceramic (porcelain) shells, an idea proposed by Shiro Ishii in 1938.
These bombs enabled Japanese soldiers to launch biological attacks, infecting agriculture, reservoirs, wells and other areas with anthrax, plague-carrying fleas, typhoid, dysentery, cholera and other deadly pathogens.
Additionally, infected food supplies and clothing were dropped by planes into areas of China not occupied by Japanese forces. These activities continued until war’s end.

The Japanese had concocted a plan to launch M6A1 Seiran floatplane bombers from their huge I-400 class subs to drop bombs loaded with biological agents such as plaque and Anthrax on the West Coast of the US. The ships had sailed with a target date of 15 August 1945. Only the end of the war on 14 August occasioned their recall before they reached landfall.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor. The news did not go over well, as more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers stormed the Imperial Palace in an attempt to find the proclamation and prevent its being transmitted to the Allies. Soldiers still loyal to Emperor Hirohito repulsed the attackers.

That evening, General Anami, the member of the War Council most adamant against surrender, committed suicide. His reason: to atone for the Japanese army’s defeat, and to be spared having to hear his emperor speak the words of surrender.

Foreign minister Shidehara wrote, “If we continue to fight back bravely, even if hundreds of thousands of noncombatants are killed... there would be room to produce a more favorable international situation for Japan.”

“Due to the nationwide food shortage... - it will be necessary to kill all of the infirm old people, the very young, and the sick.

Admiral Onishi: “If we are prepared to sacrifice 20 million Japanese lives in kamikaze effort, victory will be ours.”

“With luck, we will repulse the invaders before they land.” - General Yoshijiro Umezu

“Who can be 100% sure of defeat?” - War minister General Anami

All said in the August 9th meeting of the 6 man ‘Supreme Council for the Direction of the War’ held in Tokyo. I would ask that you carefully consider the date as you ponder the Japanese willingness to surrender.


48 posted on 11/15/2009 8:40:48 PM PST by DMZFrank
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