Thursday, May 12, 2016

Conservative Outrage Driven By Obama's Visit To Hiroshima!

Conservatives are worked up over President Barack Obama's anticipated visit to Hiroshima, Japan.

Barack Obama will be the first president to visit the Hiroshima bombing site. This historic visit is to advocate for a nuclear free world and remind the public the impact of wars.

Obama's visit to Japan isn't marred without controversy. 

Cue the conservative outrage. 

According to conservatives, Obama's visit to Hiroshima is an apology tour. Given the last time they were outraged, Obama met with Raul Castro. 

And of course, how can we not forget the time they got riled up over the president being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in his first nine months.

The White House has said the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945. Instead, officials say the visit will serve as a reminder the terrible destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict.

CNN reports that "He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, wrote on Medium Tuesday. "Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future."
President Barack Obama with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe
Rhodes said Obama would deliver remarks on nuclear non-proliferation -- a central tenet of the 
President's foreign policy -- during the stop in Hiroshima, which is scheduled for May 27. That agenda hasn't always proved popular. The nuclear deal brokered between Iran and western powers is derided by Republicans, and the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has suggested that countries like Japan and South Korea should have access to nuclear weapons. Obama called that idea dangerous, and said it reflected Trump's ignorance of foreign affairs.

The White House said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would accompany Obama on the stop, which comes after a meeting of the Group of 7 in Ise-Shima.

In Hiroshima, Obama will tour the Peace Memorial Park, constructed atop the busy commercial district obliterated by the bomb. Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking U.S. official to pay respects at the site, and hinted that Obama would soon make his own visit.

"The President and his team will make this visit knowing that the open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past, the forces that shape the world we live in today, and the future that we seek for our children and grandchildren," Rhodes wrote.

The United States entered World World II in 1941 after the Japanese done a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. 

World War II was one of the most deadliest acts of aggression in world history.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was tempted to drop the atomic bomb on Japan after this attack. He would die in office and his predecessor Harry S. Truman went ahead and ordered bomb drop on two major cities in Japan.

The bombings killed 218,000 people. It led to Japan surrendering to the Allied Forces. 

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