Obama Tried to Apologize to Japan for the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The US history with Nagasaki is complicated, as you might expect, but less complicated than folks like our president seem to think. The Blue Ridge and her crew were greeted with a welcoming flotilla of private boats (that had to get out of the way to keep the harbor clear), aircraft and hundreds of well wishers on the shore. I toured the city with some sailors after our arrival, and found the people almost shockingly friendly everywhere we went. They weren't looking for apologies or an America that's unsure of herself. They were happy to have a visit by a major ship from their closest ally.
As weird as this sounds, having studied the war and the post-war period extensively and having lived in Japan for years and visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I'm convinced that the atomic bombings saved Japan. They saved Japan from her own militarism and from potential Soviet invasion and partition. America bequeathed to our bitter enemy a democracy that functions well to this day, and Japan is our strong friend despite its having raised its hand against us.
America has nothing to apologize for in its conduct or conclusion of that war. Nothing at all.
(h/t to whoever tweeted this story to me)