Krauthammer: Obama’s ‘Implicit Apology’ in Hiroshima ‘Dishonored Our Nation’
KRAUTHAMMER: "We saw it today. Here’s a guy who went around the world when he’s inaugurated, I don’t want to use the word apologize but confessing of long history of Americans maltreatment of Indians, including Guatemala, the list is very long and it’s sort of — he closed the circle of that apology tour today in Hiroshima and to say it wasn’t a formal apology, course he wasn’t going use the word and yes, he did speak of war in the abstract. He did it in Hiroshima. You want to do a speech about war in the abstract you do it in pragmatic which is what he did in 2009. When you do it in Hiroshima of course you’re talking about World War II, you’re talking about American dropping the bomb and the implication is that we have a sense of guilt about not an overt apology. This is a visit he should have made next year as a private citizen in which case he can speak like a naive private citizen. What other way is there of dealing with nuclear weapons other than the logic of fear, I.e., deterrence, eliminating them is never going to happen and will weaken us. Do we want to be without nuclear weapons when there’s a nut case, there’s bullies in iron acquiring them. Of course not. The president speaking as president representing the United States, I thought it was implicit apology dishonored our nation. Not something he should have done."