President Obama is apparently on a mission to retroactively declare America’s defeat and/or moral culpability in every global conflict of the 20th century. Beginning with his repugnant apology tour of the Muslim world and Europe upon winning the president, Obama has dedicated his foreign policy to the proposition that America is always in the wrong – or at least to the proposition that we must accept the alleged sins of our pockmarked past in order to push Obama’s priorities now. That means re-losing the Cold War by turning over Crimea and Syria to the tender mercies of ex-KGB honcho Vladimir Putin and turning over control of the South China Sea to China, re-losing the Gulf War by precipitously pulling out of Iraq and handing control over it to Iran, and now, declaring mea culpa for defeating Japan in World War II with the use of an atom bomb.
This week, Obama will head to Hiroshima, where he will become the first sitting American president to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration official fabulist, says that Obama isn’t visiting to apologize for using the A-bomb – a ridiculous contention to anyone with a functional pre-frontal cortex. “He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II,” Rhodes wrote, presumably between drafts of his new short story, The Chicken Poops, You Deconstruct Its Meaning. “Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”