We are five months away from the election of the next President of the United States. Before President Obama leaves office he traveled to Hiroshima to give an historic speech at the Hiroshima memorial.
If Sarah Palin has listened to the actual speech of President Obama, she would know that Obama never apologized for the use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. Instead, he acknowledged the devastating impact of the use of nuclear weapons even if justified. Obama mourned the suffering of the innocent from all of the world’s wars, saying “we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.” He urged nuclear countries to find ways to give up their weapons. He suggested that Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be known as the start of our own moral awakening. He suggested that we use this memorial as an opportunity to ask what we must do to curb such suffering again? Obama pointed out that the U.S. and Japan formed not only an alliance. but a friendship. He emphasized the need to prevent conflict through diplomacy. “Reimagine our connection to one-another as members of one human race” he said. Obama cautioned that “we must work to improve life, not eliminate it.”
Only Sarah Palin could attack the President for this message of peace. Here is what she said:
Palin told a “string of lies” about the speech. Palin said Obama apologized for the bombs. He did not. She claimed that Obama was “dissing our vets” with claims that the American soldiers of WWII were perpetuating evil. He did not. In the most shocking of analogies, Palin compared dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as “put(ting) a boot in yer ass!”
The truth is quite the opposite of what Palin said. In fact Obama described why America must still maintain a nuclear arsenal to protect itself. He said: “…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.”
Perhaps the most shocking thing Palin said in her rant against Obama was that “I want a President that will never, ever, leave even one, not one, man behind.” (see speech at 1:36)
It seems that Palin forgot what she said about Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl.
Sarah Palin Then:
“Todd and I are praying for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, his family, and all of his fellow soldiers who are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom and protect democracy abroad,” Governor Palin said. “The capture of Private Bergdahl and the bombings in Jakarta prove that we have not defeated terrorism, and that radical extremists will stop at nothing to attack Westerners and our ideals.” July, 2009
Sarah Palin Now:
“No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs – even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages (http://nypost.com/2014/05/31/the-bizarre-tale-of-americas-last-known-pow/) while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot – is not “honorable service.” Unless that is your standard.” June, 2014
In describing the effort of the military to rescue Bergdahl from his captors Palin said of Obama, “You blew it again, Barack Obama.”
The irony is that as the President of the United States is working to heal wounds with Japan, Sarah Palin is inflicting new wounds on the American public. Instead of trying to “make America great again” she is disparaging an attempt by the President to foster peace in the world. Obama’s speech was not politically motivated. It was a humanitarian effort to bring awareness to the world of the dangers of nuclear proliferation. The inescapable conclusion is that Palin would rather lie to promote violence and Donald Trump than to tell the truth and promote peace on earth.