In other words, it sounds like Obama wanted to include Hiroshima on his 2009 “World Apology Tour” but Japanese authorities didn’t feel it was appropriate.

Japan Times:

A senior official of Japan’s Foreign Ministry told the U.S. ambassador in Tokyo it would be premature for U.S. President Barack Obama to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima during his November 2009 trip to Japan, according to a secret U.S. cable recently released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

The cable indicates the Japanese government was then effectively discouraging Obama from visiting Hiroshima despite growing expectations over it following his call for a world free from nuclear weapons in a speech in Prague in April 2009.

The cable, dated Sept. 3, 2009, and sent to U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, reported Japan’s then Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling Ambassador John Roos on Aug. 28 that antinuclear groups would speculate over whether the president would visit Hiroshima in light of his Prague speech on nuclear nonproliferation.

“He underscored, however, that both governments must temper the public’s expectations on such issues, as the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a ‘non-starter’,” said the cable.

It also quoted Yabunaka as saying, “While a simple visit to Hiroshima without fanfare is sufficiently symbolic to convey the right message, it is premature to include such program in the November visit.”

From my perspective, that last quote translates to “We don’t want Obama to visit Hiroshima because it’ll be all about him and include the usual pomp and circumstance that an audience with The One typically entails.”

It’s pretty bad that even the Japanese were like, “dude, think it through…”

The end of the US/Japan war saved upwards of a million American lives (the way it started cost thousands of American lives), and the thought of an American President wanting to apologize for it is maddening. Of course, Obama thinks globally, not locally.

(h/t Powerline and Weasel Zippers)

Comments

10 Responses to “Wikileak: Obama Wanted to Visit Hiroshima in 2009 but Japan Discouraged It”

  1. Dexter_Alarius on October 11th, 2011 2:00 pm

    "The end of the US/Japan war saved upwards of a million American lives …"

    During World War II, nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals were manufactured in anticipation of the estimated casualties resulting from the planned Allied invasion of Japan. To the present date, total combined American military casualties of the sixty-five years following the end of World War II — including the Korean and Vietnam Wars — have not exceeded that number. In 2003, there were still 120,000 of these Purple Heart medals in stock. There are so many in surplus that combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan are able to keep Purple Hearts on-hand for immediate award to wounded soldiers in the field. ~Wikipedia

    A little perspective.

  2. Marshall_Will on October 11th, 2011 2:01 pm

    "The end of the US/Japan war saved upwards of a million American lives"

    Doug, the supply of Purple Heart Ribbons originally minted for the anticipated landing on Japan has only recently been exhausted. G.I's that had SERVED their time in Europe were being briefed on being sent to Japan.

    The Japanese are practical if nothing else. If you read between the lines in the cable what they're effectively saying is, Get your loans w/ CHINA straightened out -first- and then… maybe you can play the bigshot!

    Get SOLVENT before you use us as a stage prop to display your willingness to be 'generous'. Scumbag.

  3. Marshall_Will on October 11th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Dex,

    I stand corrected. I recall hearing they lasted to Gulf I. Yes, a little perspective.

    Again, reading between the lines a bit but, the Japanese have NO interest in seeing a Socialistic U.S. We're one of their biggest markets and still a key trading partner.

    Our demise readily equates to theirs. But we're going to throw you a party.

  4. SignPainterGuy on October 11th, 2011 2:57 pm

    The Japanese are practical people and are so much more into the "honor" side of remembrance of events, not so much for blame and excuses, which Zero was even then. Kudos to the Japanese for recognizing that early on.

    D_A stole my thunder. I find the anticipated number of wounded and killed had we invaded Japan to have been unthinkable. Apparently, so did our commanders.

    M_W, I wasn`t aware that the PHs were finally depleted. Data of that sort gets the wrong spin these days !

    A note the left hates to admit, preferring to blame America for the killing and maiming of the 100s of thousands in and around Nagasaki and Hiroshima as needless and especially "horrible", is that even the Japanese quickly realized that "fewer" were killed and maimed by the two nuclear attacks than would have occurred during traditional invasions.

  5. Marshall_Will on October 11th, 2011 3:17 pm

    SPG,

    Had a trad. invasion been mounted, the world we live in today would look very different. Facing an entrenched and fanatical peoples defending their homeland, you'd have had G.I's mowing down rows of children armed w/ sticks.

    WWII and the Korean War would have melded into (1) continuous ongoing conflict, it would have proven a drag on our domestic economy and our post war dominance would have come into question.

    It was as much about the Timeline of events as dollars and LIVES. It simply had to be. What's frustrating to today's Conservative is that practically NO ONE believes Obama is truly 'sorry' about it! They were little people too. Not Prog Elitists. Photo op and nothing more.

  6. SignPainterGuy on October 11th, 2011 3:40 pm

    You can`t leave out "tearing down America in EVERYONE`S eyes" (his world-wide apology tour) as a significant part of Zero`s agenda ….. Besides that, yes, it was little more than another photo op !

  7. backwoods on October 11th, 2011 5:00 pm

    The Japanese didn't want Obama to visit Hiroshima because they knew he was going to bomb, and that city had seen enough bombs.

  8. Marshall_Will on October 11th, 2011 6:45 pm

    ta' dish!

    I'll be here all week folks! Good one, haven't they been thru enough already.

  9. Stop The ACLU on October 12th, 2011 4:55 pm

    Obama Wanted to Apologize for Hiroshima…

    …and Japan said, “this is a non-starter.” While this comes as no surprise to me, it still makes me sick. Who knows what a horrible alternate history could have unfolded if we wouldn’t have displayed our power like this? Is it sa…

  10. hopy on April 1st, 2014 2:17 am

    The end of the U.S. war / Japan save upwards of a million Americans (how it started cost thousands of Americans), and the thought of a U.S. president would like to apologize because it is crazy. Of course, Mr. Obama said that globally, not locally.
    I think everything should be ignored in defending each other to be peaceful relations between nations.

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