Boehner Alienates WW II Vets By Inviting Japan’s PM To Speak on Emperor’s Birthday

Leave it to Speaker of the House John Boehner to alienate World War II vets by inviting the Prime Minister of Japan  to speak before a joint session of Congress on April 29.  That just happens to be Showa Day also known as Hirohito’s birthday.  Aside from alienating World War II vets, Boehner provoked the wrath of usual friends like The Washington Times and Newsmax.  Not bad for a single invitation.

In a statement announcing the invitation, Boehner said

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Abe’s “address will provide an opportunity for the American people to hear from one of our closest allies about ways we can expand our cooperation on economic and security priorities,” Boehner said in a statement. “That, of course, includes working together to open markets and encourage more economic growth through free trade.”

The issue here is not who was invited, but like part of the problem with his invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu, the timing is really bad. In this case, Boehner shows a total disregard for what April 29th symbolizes to World War II vets.

As Jan Thompson, president of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society explains :

For many World War II veterans who suffered through torture and imprisonment in Japanese detention camps, “the wounds are still healing — and some may never heal.

Thompson goes on to spell out the significance of April 29th to WW II vets who were POW’s in Hirohito’s Japan and who are members of her organization.

The members of our organization are fully aware of the significance of the date chosen for Prime Minister Abe‘s address. The POWs [70 years ago] all had to bow in the prison camps to honor the emperor on that date,

Aside from being the date of Hirohit’s birthday, April 29th is significant because the Allied International Military Tribunal for the Far Eas

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t convicted Hideka Tojo, Japans Prime Minister in WW II and other Hirohito government officials for war crimes and sentenced them to death.

Still, loving the troops and Republicans say they do would mean recognizing that perhaps its a bad idea to ask the PM of Japan to speak on a day that continues to haunt surviving World War II vets.

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According to the Washington Times, Congress doesn’t want to discuss if it Boehner even bothered to consult with surviving World War II vets or surviving family members.  If he did, evidently he didn’t care about the effect of the loaded symbolism that comes with the timing of this invitation.

Comparatively, it makes his invitation to Netanyahu look like the height of sensitivity, even though that invitation alienated a majority of Americans and Israelis.

Is there anyone John Boehner and company hasn’t offended? If so, it’s probably a matter of time before they do because in Republican world being sensitive to people has become so Democrat.

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  • I would say that not all WW2 Veterans will be upset but those who survived the Pacific theater will have issues with this. Of course a different date would have been more respectful but we all know that Boehner and the Republicans have no respect for anyone but the imbecilic right wing. Mor proof of the right wing mantra when it comes to our nations defenders, "Use em' and lose em'!!

  • Oh, and by the way. Some of the WW2 Vet's will not be insulted. Those are the Reich Wingers who would believe or probably DO believe that Obama is responsible for starting WW2 or that Obama is responsible for their deaths some how today as a result of Republicans taking away funding for Veterans.

    • Everything is Obama's fault he even said so. Obama was eating cookies & milk & tried to dunk the cookie but it was too big for the glass & Obama said, "Thanks Obama.". Obama finally accepts responsibility for every problem being his fault, lol!

      Boehner's alcohol soaked brain is containing to show how unhinged he is & how unmanageable his life has become. It's really sad, the man needs help & he's not helping his party. Still, they deserve everything they get.

  • Who gave Boehner to make high-level invites to our country? He needs to be indicted on conspiracy charges immediately before he totally sells America out to to the god he bows and services on his knees, the Koch Congress(brothers). Clearly he has an interest in starting war... possibly defense contracting company like Cheney/Halliburton. Weve been down that road called CORRUPTION.

  • Boehner will do any job except the one he was elected to.

    The GOPOS need to read their job descriptions. And the constitution.

  • While it was an extremely bad choice of dates, I have a few questions of my own.

    Why does Boehner think he has to invite foreign leaders of state to come here and school us, the American people, on how we should conduct OUR business. Did Boehner inform or advise the President of his invitation to the Prime Minister, or was this another go-behind-the-back invitation? Is this another push for TTP? How much money does he have in this agreement?

    Personally I'm pretty sick of Boehner acting as if HE were President instead of our legally elected President.

    • that's what he gets for trying to conduct foreign policy which he knows nothing about! The dummy should have ask the state dept. for protocols when inviting foreign leader and l'M sure they would have advised against 4-29

  • FIX FUKUSHIMA !! FIX FUKUSHIMA !! 400 tons of radioactive waste water leaks from FUKUSHIMA into the Pacific Ocean EVERY SINGLE FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS...10,000 dead sea lions wash up on California beaches...The very last thing we should be doing is cozying up even more to what is now the world's worst radioactive disaster we may EVER live to see. BONER GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS.

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