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Wikileaks cable hints that Obama wanted to issue apology for Hiroshima
Hotair ^ | 10/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 10/12/2011 11:51:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Don’t worry too much about this story. I’m sure Barack Obama would have waited for Japan's apology for Pearl Harbor, the Rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, the treatment of American POWs …

The cable indicates the Japanese government was then effectively discouraging Obama from visiting Hiroshima despite growing expectations over it following his call for a world free from nuclear weapons in a speech in Prague in April 2009.

The cable, dated Sept. 3, 2009, and sent to U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, reported Japan’s then Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling Ambassador John Roos on Aug. 28 that antinuclear groups would speculate over whether the president would visit Hiroshima in light of his Prague speech on nuclear nonproliferation.

“He underscored, however, that both governments must temper the public’s expectations on such issues, as the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a ‘non-starter’,” said the cable.

The most fascinating part of this was the discouragement given by the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister. Presumably, a Japanese government that got an American President to bow to their national sense of victimhood from the consequences of launching a brutal war of conquest in the 1930s — bowing in the rhetorical sense, of course — would have acquired a huge amount of political goodwill. The government in Tokyo at that time certainly needed a political boost.

Why not let Obama apologize for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, then? For one thing, Japan understands better than most that they rely on the American nuclear umbrella for their safety — and not so much from China but from North Korea. At some point, Japan has to decide whether to adopt its own nuclear deterrent to push Kim Jong-il into real negotiations. The last thing they need is an American President using Hiroshima as a platform for unilateral disarmament while China bristles with nukes and the DPRK keeps testing more of its home-grown nuclear devices, which they are apparently preparing to do again.

Obama wisely took Yabunaka’s advice and decided not to address the issue at all. The fact that the Japanese had to tell Obama to curtail his 2009 apology tour is both ironic and, well, appalling.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apologizerinchief; apology; apologytour; hiroshima; obama; wikileaks
HONTO NI, SUMIMASEN DESHITA

1 posted on 10/12/2011 11:51:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
私は心から広島を深くお詫び申し上げます
2 posted on 10/12/2011 11:53:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
obama Pictures, Images and Photos

obama bow japan Pictures, Images and Photos

3 posted on 10/12/2011 11:56:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

This weakness as expressed by Obama is why he has to be a one term president


4 posted on 10/12/2011 12:01:45 PM PDT by Rooivalk
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess this guy didn’t study much Hawaiian history. Can you say, Remember Pearl Harbor?


5 posted on 10/12/2011 12:02:43 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh my God....

I wonder whether the idiot considered that we killed more Japs while firebombing their cities than were killed with both atomic bombs.

He’s so shallow, he felt the need to apologize for the atomic bombs.


6 posted on 10/12/2011 12:03:09 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Rooivalk

Obama is no longer our top concern. Mitt Romney is the number one enemy of conservatives right now. Obama isn’t running in the Republican primary.


7 posted on 10/12/2011 12:04:01 PM PDT by Eva
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To: SeekAndFind
For one thing, Japan understands better than most that they rely on the American nuclear umbrella for their safety ...

I think Japan also understands better than most that Little Boy and Fat Man saved the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of their citizens.

Absent the surrender, ensuing months leading to the invasion would have seen the 20th Air Force overhead every night until even the smallest hamlet was burned to the ground, and the US Navy had the country absolutely blockaded, and even before the invasion, millions of Japanese would have starved or burned to death.

And that would have been just the warmup to the absolute havoc the invasion itself would have wreaked.

8 posted on 10/12/2011 12:07:42 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Eva

Obama is no longer our top concern. Mitt Romney is the number one enemy of conservatives right now. Obama isn’t running in the Republican primary.
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No Obama is the number one problem. Mitt, with all his faults, is light years better than Obama. It’s not even close. Mitt built and ran a successful business. He would not bow to a foreign head of state. He would appoint business friendly judges to the federal bench, not ones approved by trial lawyers.

For the record, Mitt is not my choice in the primary, but remember the 11th commandment — or was Reagan a RINO too?


9 posted on 10/12/2011 12:11:09 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: SeekAndFind
Does anyone realize the peril we are in every moment that this individual is in power? I wouldn't put it past him to unilaterally disarm, would you?
10 posted on 10/12/2011 12:11:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Better to ask forgiveness than permission.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Perhaps he will send the Mighty Mo back to Tokyo Bay so that he can reverse the surrender ceremony.
11 posted on 10/12/2011 12:26:16 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: SeekAndFind

What about my boy Nagasaki? Damn N-——— never get no respect. Everybody beatin’ down on poor, dumb N-———.


12 posted on 10/12/2011 12:26:27 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Eva
This is insane. Work hard for whomever you like to win the Republican nomination, but vote for whoever does win it, even if that's Romney. If conservatives vote for a third candidate, or don't vote at all, Obama will win another term. And, if Obama is reelected, our country as we know it will not survive. I personally would love to see a Gingrich/Cain ticket, but I'll vote for Romney/whomever if that is who gets the nomination.
13 posted on 10/12/2011 12:27:32 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: SeekAndFind; SW6906

I hate that man like the Pope hates sin. Like the French hate hard work. Like hippies hate soap. I f*cking hate him. Or, to refresh a very, very old American political quote:

Damn Obama
Damn anyone who won’t damn Obama
Damn anyone who won’t put a candle in his window and sit up all night damning Obama


14 posted on 10/12/2011 12:29:22 PM PDT by namsman
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To: Tulane

There is only one degree of difference between Romney and Obama.

Romney promises to repeal Obamacare and give it back to us in the form of Romneycare, without repealing all the taxes, mandates and regulations in Obamacare.

Romney believes in Al Gore style AGW and carbon taxes, his former environmental advisor is now working for the Obama Energy dept, drawing up the plans for enforcement of the new Clean Air guidelines.

Obama’s radical science Czar, Holdren even worked for Romney as an environmental advisor and we all know about Romney’s health care advisers helping Obama with Obamacare.


15 posted on 10/12/2011 12:32:06 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva

Nothing you write is inaccurate....but that is one gigantic degree of difference between Romney and Obama.

Again, in terms of appointing judges, providing a friendlier business climate, and projecting a stronger foreign policy message (granted, given Zero’s propensity to bow to foreign heads of state, that ain’t hard) Romney is light years ahead of Zero.

By the way...most business friendly judges also get the cultural questions right too. So there’s that.

I suspect that you and I will vote for the same primary candidate. I just think that 4 more years of Obama is a non-starter — I would rather have someone who ran a successful business (Cain or Romney)in the White House, than a community organizer.


16 posted on 10/12/2011 12:37:52 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


17 posted on 10/12/2011 12:51:42 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama wanted to issue an apology for Hiroshima...

I agree Obama should apologize to Japan.

And Africa...

And Europe...

And South America...












And every American for being a sorry excuse of a American president
18 posted on 10/12/2011 1:08:42 PM PDT by RedMonqey (A politician's integrity is usually only as strong as his poll numbers.)
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To: Tulane

You are deluding yourself if you think that Romney will provide a better business climate. Between Obamneycare and AGW, the business climate will never recover.

Those are the two biggest economy killers we have going right now, and Mitt’s plan is no different than Obama’s. It doesn’t matter how experienced Romney is if he thinks that he can play king maker and pick the winners and losers like Obama has been doing.

Romney is egotistical enough to try it, too.


19 posted on 10/12/2011 2:38:26 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Tulane

I don’t think that we can even county on Romney to appoint conservative judges. Romney signed the same sex marriage law into affect in Mass. He’s good with using government departments to make law.

I don’t think that we can count on Romney for anything.

Right now the Democrats are making plans to cross over in the primaries and vote for Mitt because they don’t see any difference, either.


20 posted on 10/12/2011 2:42:09 PM PDT by Eva
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To: GraceG

Those are two great toons. It’s amazing we’ve reached this point.


21 posted on 10/12/2011 4:41:33 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: namsman
By the way folks, I had this one covered on Free Republic (through my sources) nearly a yeaer ago and picked up the rumors two years ago (that Obongo was set on apologizing down there) :

FR TEXT (2009) "Skip to comments. OBAMA Nixes Plans For Hiroshima Apology Tour (Afraid of US Electorate): My Translation from Japan Sankei Shimbun News, Tokyo, Japan (Original in Japanese) ^ | 19 September 2010 | Rui Sasaki, Reporter Posted on 2010年9月19日 9:07:51 by AmericanInTokyo Sources within the Obama Administration as well as with the ruling Japan Democratic Party here have leaked and confirmed that Obama (and Japan side) have come to the conclusion to make the decision to cancel any side trip to Hiroshima, Japan in November as part of O's ongoing worldwide apology tour. (Excerpt) Read more at sankei.jp.msn.com ... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Click to Add Topic KEYWORDS: 2010; apology; apologytour; bho44; bhofail; bow; elections; hiroshima; japan; nagasaki; obama; obamabow; obowma; roos; sankei; shazai; Click to Add Keyword -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ Report Abuse | Bookmark ] This trip has been in the background for nearly two years; Obama was not able to make it last fall and has wanted to go there and express remorse for American Military Action in 広島 and 長崎 in the closing days of World War II. His Ambassador to Japan has already done this--or so it was locally interpreted. Now the Japanese language Conservative Sankei News, large circulation daily in Japan is breaking with news from both D.C. and in Tokyo among knowledgeable US-Japan sources that OBAMA HAS DEFINITIVELY TOLD JAPAN TO NOT EXPECT HIM TO MAKE THE VISIT TO HIROSHIMA when he is next in Japan in November.The reasons stated were the touchy US 2010 mid-term elections, the sentiment this act may generate with the American People, overall US-Japan relations factors, and others. Anothere reason, noted in the headline, was internal DJP leadership election issues which could not bring Japan's side to agreement on how to proceed with this. Japanese head of story: オバマ氏広島訪問見送り 民主代表選の政治空白で事前協議できず English synopsis translation of the original Japanese language article just out now through Sankei. [Conservative and patriotic friends in the blogosphere: If referencing this story word-for-word on your blog in an effort to viralize this report, please quote Free Repubilc and "AiT", providing a direct link to this FR story]. This concludes my overview translation and synopsis. 1 posted on 2010年9月19日 9:08:00 by AmericanInTokyo [ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies | Report Abuse] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: DTogo Ping! 2 posted on 2010年9月19日 9:09:48 by AmericanInTokyo (They should count their blessings The American People are going to take power from them peacefully..) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: AmericanInTokyo BTTT 3 posted on 2010年9月19日 9:10:50 by Jet Jaguar (*) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse

22 posted on 10/13/2011 11:53:40 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Herman Cain will be the nominee of the GOP! The momentum is unmistakeable. The Dems/RINOs hate it.)
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