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Leave it to President Barack Obama to pick Memorial Day weekend of all times to blame the U.S. for an act that brought World War II to an end and likely saved millions of lives — Japanese and American.
While much of the country has long since tuned out the lame duck president, Obama proved Friday that he can still outrage Americans as well as he ever could with his trip to Hiroshima, Japan.
Speaking at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, he came about as close as one might come to apologizing without actually saying the words and even hugged a survivor of the bombing.
Pres. Obama, the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, hugs a survivor of the atomic bombing. https://t.co/iqfbND1DQk
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 27, 2016
“Seventy-one years ago on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” Obama said. “A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city, and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.”
“We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not so distant past,” the president went on to say. “We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us.”
Obama went on to say “we’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can choose.”
Unfortunately, the more than 100,000 Americans who died fighting the horrifically brutal Japanese military in World War Two cannot choose.
The first sitting president to visit the city hit by an atomic bomb in the waning days of World War Two, Obama called for a “moral revolution” in the hope of ridding the planet of nuclear weapons.
While a worthy goal, looking past the reality that mutually assured destruction has prevented nuclear weapons from ever being used again, Obama seems to believe the most deadliest conflict in history could have been brought to an end by long, rosy speeches from condescending moral busybodies.
Obama’s remarks can be heard here:
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"We are not bound … to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can choose." —@POTUS speaks at Hiroshima. https://t.co/qLPoNEqlF9
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) May 27, 2016
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