Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh remarked that Obama chose to mention America ending WWII by bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, right before Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is the holiday on which Americans honor and remember those who died in combat while serving their country. Sadly, Obama didn’t choose the memorial holiday to honor Americans– instead he chose the holiday to bash Americans and dishonor veterans. And, seemingly forget Pearl Harbor.
“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.
“How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth, how easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.”
In response, Rush Limbaugh said:
“Anybody find it coincidental Obama’s over in Japan lamenting the bombs at Hiroshima, Nagasaki, on Memorial Day? Now, he’s coming back; I mean, he’s on his way back now. He’ll be there for the wreath-laying. I don’t think the timing is a coincidence, myself. I really don’t.
“What’s that got to do with Hiroshima and Nagasaki?”
Limbaugh noted the historical fact that WWII was not started by the U.S., nor was it fought because of “religion.” He exclaimed:
“We didn’t get into World War II because we were running around thinking of ourselves having a license to kill! We were defending ourselves.
“For criminy’s sake, we were defending ourselves and everybody else that was under assault! We were defending the free world. License to kill? Well, Obama is letting everybody know what he actually thinks about this.”
He played the clip evidencing Obama’s audacity:
“We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. …To feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry. We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war and the wars that came before and the wars that would follow. Their words cannot give voice to such suffering. But 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.”
But Hiroshima, Limbaugh rightly observed, was not a random target. It was a military target. It was specifically chosen because it was the base of Japan’s 2nd Army, which commanded the defense of southern Japan. If it was destroyed, it made it easier for U.S. troops to invade. Limbaugh explained, “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.”
The same day that the U.S. bombed Nagasaki, Russia declared war against Japan, and Japan had no option other than to surrender. The two nuclear attacks on Japan saved more American lives and ended a long and deadly war.
During a time when America should be honoring and celebrating it military heroes, Limbaugh remarked Obama implies that “there is guilt in victory.” He went on to explain this fallacious thinking:
“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.”
Fortunately ,too many Americans recognize Obama’s folly, and will remember him as the most unpatriotic and anti-American imposter to ever set foot in the White House.