Bombed: Bush Amb Destroys Fox’s Claim of an Obama Apology for Hiroshima

Obama On Fox and Friends Saturday today a panel was set up to advance the right wing claim that President Obama was going to apologize for the bombing of Hiroshima. However the real bomb was dropped when former Bush Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer destroyed the network's claim, "It certainly was not an apology, and I think he will not issue an apology."

On Fox and Friends Saturday today a panel was set up to advance the right wing claim that President Obama was going to apologize for the bombing of Hiroshima. However the real bomb was dropped when former Bush Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer destroyed the network’s claim, “It certainly was not an apology, and I think he will not issue an apology.”

Here is the video from Media Matters:

Things were going along fine with the usual FNC Obama setup that “some critics question why the Obama administration is showing up for the ceremony at all,” it is at this point where the Republicans on the panel are supposed to discuss Obama’s apology, but Schieffer didn’t play along, and delivered the facts.

The former Bush ambassador to Japan said, “I went to Hiroshima. Howard Baker my predecessor, went to Hiroshima. We just didn’t go on the date of the bombing. It’s always a close call as to whether you should do that or not, but I think Ambassador Rouse did it because he wanted to offer a gesture of respect to the Japanese, and It certainly was not an apology, and I think he will not issue an apology, and nor do I think he should, but this has been a sore spot for the Japanese for a long time, and I think it was that effort to reach out after a very difficult year in the US-Japan relationship, in which there has been a great deal of strain, and say that 100,000 people lost their lives, they had loved ones and they had families, and we respect the grief that you have for them.”

Um, that isn’t exactly what Fox News had in mind Mr. Ambassador. You see it wasn’t supposed to go down like this. The setup in typical Fox fashion was supposed to provide a platform to spread the false attack on Obama that he is apologizing to Japan for Hiroshima, but nobody seems to have told poor Ambassador Schieffer who was under the delusion that he was appearing on a legitimate news organization that is interested in facts. If Fox News is going to spread propaganda it would probably be best if they clued their guests in first.

Let me make this clear, neither Obama nor his administration is going to apologize to Japan for Hiroshima. This is another baseless right wing rumor designed to make the President of the United States look weak. This is not only bad journalism, but unpatriotic. They call themselves “Real Americans,” but what kind of patriot spends their time spreading lies about the president? Ambassador Schieffer demonstrated to us that it is possible to be an honest conservative who really puts country first. Too bad he demonstrated this on Fox News where this kind of behavior is condemned, not appreciated.

2 Replies to “Bombed: Bush Amb Destroys Fox’s Claim of an Obama Apology for Hiroshima”

  1. What is missing from many people’s understanding of this is the Japanese are starting to chafe under the American military. They (the younger generation) are looking at it as an occupation of their land. The US military has in fact released a manga explain our side of the military presents. The manga can be found here at sankaku complex or by Googling US Military Manga.

  2. Thomas Schieffer is to be commended for his candor and truthfulness in this matter.
    As a member of GW’s administration, he could easily have jumped on the bandwagon to discredit the Obama administration, but he showed courage and integrity in speaking the truth to FOX. This latest spiel is part of the phony meme that Obama doesn’t love America and is always apologizing to our enemies.

    I remember when he gave his first policy speech as president. It was a nuanced speech in which he admitted that we have made mistakes at times. He also took certain countries to task for what he called their reflexive anti-Americanism. In the same speech, he invited Muslim countries to engage in dialogue. Unlike Bush, he appreciates that diplomacy is a significant tool in the arsenal of foreign policy relations.
    But I am equally sure that he knows it also has its limits. Just the same, his approach is refreshing after the blustering, heedless machismo of the previous administration that we have to thank for our current wars. Fortunately, thanks to Obama, one of them is drawing down.

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