Well, this is an absolute fiasco.
Washington is in full-on damage-control mode, as Japan has just discovered that the United States military was responsible for the August 1945 bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It all started when President Obama made a massive blunder earlier today by delivering a speech in Hiroshima to survivors of the bombings. The president’s suspicious choice of topic immediately raised red flags with Japan’s leaders, who say they have now acquired “abundant and conclusive evidence” implicating the U.S. in the nuclear strikes that annihilated the two cities and claimed the lives of at least 130,000 Japanese civilians over 70 years ago.
Yep. This is one that won’t be so easy to just gloss over.
“Today, we have, beyond a shadow of a doubt, identified America as the perpetrator of the 1945 attacks,” said Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe this morning, citing archival records from the Enola Gay that are widely available on the internet, the 2005 BBC documentary Hiroshima, and an exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library called “The Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb” as damning proof that the devastating attacks were carried out by none other than the United States. “Our nation is deeply hurt, disappointed, and angered. With this horrifying information coming to light, Japan will be forced to reevaluate all its diplomatic partnerships and trade agreements with the United States.”
Yikes. Nice going, Obama. Good luck digging America out of this one.