Obama makes it a point of condemning his country in Hiroshima. Has the Prime Minister of Japan ever visited Pearl Harbor and apologized to all those dead sailors in the USS Arizona?
The decision to drop the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was as much to protect the lives of American soldiers as it was to defeat the enemy and kill two birds with one stone. But it’s not as though we started the war that way, like the Japanese did at Pearl Harbor or like Hitler did invading Poland, for all intents and purposes. We were not the bad guys. We were doing what the United States has always done: defending liberty all over the world, in addition to defending ourselves. And I will guarantee you Obama doesn’t see it that way. Obama thinks only one thing, that there should be tremendous guilt on our part because of this event.
Just to clarify some things, Hiroshima, I talked about civilian deaths, and there were countless, more than a hundred thousand. Nagasaki was even an a bigger bomb. Have you ever asked yourself, why is it only Hiroshima we go apologize for? Nagasaki came a short while later, and Nagasaki was a bigger bomb and there were just as many, if not more, deaths at Nagasaki. Why is it always Hiroshima? Just a little trivia question.
Hiroshima was a military target. It was the home of the Japanese 2nd Army, which commanded the defense of all of Southern Japan, which is where we were going to invade. It was also, Hiroshima was, a major communications center, major storage area, and the assembly point for troops disembarking. So it was a very high value military target as well.
And we were prepared to invade. And it was well known — well, it was forecast by American military people that such an invasion by air, by sea would result in an unspeakable number of American deaths, and it was not assured that we would emerge victorious from it. That’s when Truman said to hell with that. And he really did talk that way, to hell with that, and made the decision to drop the two bombs.
So, it was as much as anything to destroy military targets, storage areas, staging areas, command centers, command-and-control centers. It was also to protect the lives of American military personnel. We only had two bombs. After the first bomb at Hiroshima, the Japanese did not surrender. Nagasaki came a short time later, precisely because the Japanese did not surrender after Hiroshima. If Nagasaki had not convinced them, we would have had to invade, and, as it was, the Japanese military did not want to surrender. The emperor decided that it made no sense not to. And, of course, they surrendered, and when you surrender, to the victor go the spoils, and we dictated terms. Japanese military postwar, could it be or could it not be.
Today there is guilt in victory. There is an attempt at humility in victory. And even when we win we’re not supposed to act like it. And even when we win we’re supposed to regret that it had to happen. And even when we win, we’re supposed to promise never to do it again. Even when we win, we are to feel like we have been the ones who have done wrong. That’s the difference, among many others, in then and now. In fact, I would go so far as to say that, to many in this country, the American left per se, the whole concept of a victorious America is the problem.
The whole idea of America winning, particularly in a military conflict or economic or what have you, is bad, ’cause we’ve won more than our share. It’s not fair. The other side hasn’t had a chance. Nobody could have competed. Just wasn’t fair. Wasn’t fair. We deserve to lose. We deserve to get beat over and over again to make up for all of the victory that we had way back when.