In his effort to bow to the rest of the world, President Obama offered a thinly veiled apology for dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In Prague, he talked about the need to banish nuclear weapons and said that “as a nuclear power — as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon — the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”
In making that statement, Obama demonstrated stunning naïveté and ignorance of American history. Obama seems unaware that U.S. nuclear capability was a deterrent keeping us safe throughout the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Obama delivered his call to abolish nuclear weapons even as North Korea and Iran ignore international demands to halt development of their nuclear weapons. Equally troubling, Obama appeared to have no comprehension of why dropping the bomb on Japan was necessary.
Until President Truman gave the order to drop the atom bomb, World War II had killed an estimated 50 million to 70 million people, including 25 million military personnel. Many millions more were left crippled and maimed.
Counting only military personnel, the U.S. lost 290,000 lives, the Soviet Union 6 million, Germany 3.2 million, Japan 1.3 million, China 1.3 million, Great Britain 357,000, Italy 150,00, and France 200,000.
To be sure, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killed 66,000 Japanese, according to AtomicArchive.com. The bomb dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9 killed 39,000.
But Truman’s advisers estimated that dropping the bomb would shorten the war by a year and save the lives of a million allied troops, 500,000 of them Americans.
Japan’s refusal to surrender even after the first bomb was dropped proves the point. Only after the second bomb did Japan surrender the next day, saving not only American lives but also Japanese lives.
Only the most extreme left-wing and hate-America activists see the use of the atomic bomb 65 years ago as an issue. One of them is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor and “sounding board” for 20 years.
“We bombed Hiroshima; we bombed Nagasaki; and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye . . . America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” Wright said after 9/11.
On Dec. 7, 2008, Wright thundered from the pulpit, “Today is December 7, the day that this [U.S.] government killed over 80,000 Japanese civilians at Hiroshima in 1941, two days before killing an additional 64,000 Japanese civilians at Nagasaki by dropping nuclear bombs on innocent people.”
Wright had his facts mixed up. Dec. 7, 1941, was the day when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
At his speech at the National Press Club on April 28, 2008, Wright cited the U.S. bombing of Japan as an example of American wrongdoing and called for an apology. Saying there was “no excuse” for things the government has done, Wright said that “until racism and slavery are confessed and [sic] asked for forgiveness — have we asked the Japanese to forgive us? We have never as a country, the policymakers . . . We have never apologized as a country.”
Adam Goldman of Florida Right to Life brought to my attention some of Wright’s Hiroshima references, but I should have recalled them. For more than two months, I wrote about the Rev. Wright’s rants on Newsmax before the mainstream media finally picked up the stories.
Skeptics claimed that even though Obama sat in Wright’s pews for 20 years and exposed his children to his denunciations of America, Obama did not really believe any of it.
Yet Obama’s serial criticisms of America while overseas — from being dismissive and arrogant to not showing enough respect for Muslim countries — reveal a mindset not that different from Wright’s.
Nowhere during his trip did Obama mention that America liberated Europe from the Nazis, or that it liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Instead, like Wright, Obama implicitly criticized our effort to defend ourselves and stop more bloodshed by bombing a country that attacked us first.
Wright wanted the United States to apologize for bombing Japan. Now, in effect, it has.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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