Ann Coulter wasn’t the only bigmouth to open her gaping yap about President Obama‘s historic speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial this week. In between goosing the crowd during her introduction of presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Golden Wrecking Ball Donald Trump, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin incited the hooting crowd against President Obama by telling a string of lies about his speech, and for good measure, referred to one of the great human tragedies in history as America “put(ting) a boot in yer ass!”
Palin accused the President of “apologizing,” and of “dissing our vets with claimes that the greatest generation were perhaps perpetuating the evils of World War II,” and of “suggesting and actually lying in suggestions that we were wrong to prove to the world that we would eradicate evil.”
Of course, anyone who actually watched the President’s speech would know that, although he displayed the solemnity that any thinking, feeling human being would on a site where babies had been vaporized, his actual speech was chock-full of justification, and of remembrances for the innocents lost to the evil of the Axis powers, including references specific to Japan:
In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die — men, women, children no different than us, shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death.
There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war — memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity.
…We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations –- and the alliances that we’ve formed -– must possess the means to defend ourselves.
There was no hint of an apology, nor anything even remotely resembling an admission of guilt, in the entire speech, but rather, a recognition that it sucks that the Axis made us do that, twice. If anything, Obama’s speech was a thumb in the eye at peaceniks who question the unquestionable morality of nuking two population centers.
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