Obama’s Sanctimonious Speech at Hiroshima [VIDEO]

Obama’s Sanctimonious Speech at Hiroshima [VIDEO]

Obama’s Sanctimonious Speech at Hiroshima [VIDEO]

Leave it to President Obama: he never lets American military involvement pass by without turning it into some fable involving his version of morality.

On Friday in Hiroshima, Obama laid a wreath at the Peace Memorial in a solemn ceremony, flanked by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He also embraced a survivor of the atomic bomb.

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Obama then launched into a speech which could’ve been summarized in the words of John Lennon’s “Imagine:”

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.

After intoning the somber story of the bombing of Hiroshima, about how “seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” Obama continued with his non-apology apology speech:

The wars of the modern age teach us this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well. That is why we come to this place….we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.

He added:

We’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can choose.

So is Obama saying that the creation and use of the atomic bomb was a mistake? Does he think that the decision to drop the bomb in 1945 was not accompanied by moral reflection? Did he even consider that over 100,000 Americans had already lost their lives in the Pacific theatre due to the aggression of Imperial Japan? Did he ponder that the very use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki pre-empted the need for a conventional invasion of Japan — a military action that would have resulted in the loss of 500,000 to 1 million Americans? Or that even Japanese lives were spared from the invasion to come?

Writer Noah Rothman tweeted this poignant recollection of a World War II vet who rejoiced that with the destruction of Hiroshima, he would not enter the slaughter house that would constitute an invasion:

Americans at that time were understandably fearful of that cost. My late mother told me how her younger brother, in his late teens and on the cusp of the draft, was terrified of what would lay ahead. My father, now 92, had volunteered and had already flown 50 bombing missions over Europe in the summer of 1944. The Army Air Force promised him a commission and the completion of his interrupted pilot’s training if he would re-up for the Pacific theatre, but he was finished with war.

Bombing in Papua, New Guinea.

Historical reflection matters not to Obama. In his morally relative world all nations are culpable for war:

“the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes, an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.”

Um, no. World War I had been a conflagration brought on by treaties and nationalism. World War II was pretty much an cut-and-dried affair: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan were the Bad Guys. The Allies, consisting of Britain, the United States, and other British origin nations were the Good Guys. (We’ll not deal with the Soviet Union here). If Obama can’t recognize that neither the Americans nor the British foisted upon the world anything approximating the Holocaust or Pearl Harbor or the Rape of Nanking then he most certainly has no reverence for the the mission and sacrifices made in World War II.

Ben Shapiro writes of President Imagine-All-The-People:

But Obama can’t acknowledge facts or history – they undercut his basic argument, which is that peace can only be achieved by unilateral surrender of American patriotism and by the rise of a borderless, nationless, valueless world.

Earlier this month, the White House announced that while President Obama would be the first US President to visit Hiroshima, he would not apologize for the dropping of the atomic bomb. Obama’s national security adviser Ben Rhodes insisted, “He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”

Obama didn’t need to directly apologize. He did just that in his typical self-righteous backhanded slam against the desperate actions of a nation that was faced with losing thousands more of its young men in the Pacific meat grinder of World War II.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!


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