At Pearl Harbor, Obama Twists History to Sell Agenda

President Barack Obama speaks an interfaith memorial service for the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Taking the stage in front of World War II veterans who fought to preserve American liberty against Imperial Japanese aggression, President Barack Obama twisted history to promote his political agenda. From the L.A. Times:


President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scattered petals together on the waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday in a symbolic act aimed at laying to rest the enmity of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the U.S. into World War II.

… They expressed concern that the lessons of the war might be forgotten amid a shifting world order and the anti-internationalist sentiment that has swept over politics around the globe, most notably with the ascendance of President-elect Donald Trump.

“Even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward,” Obama said. “We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different.”

Obama, as has been his custom in public remarks since the election, argued for the merits of his own worldview without naming Trump, saying, “There is more to be won in peace than in war.”

How insulting to those veterans assembled. Obama insinuates that the reason they fought and sacrificed was because “those who are different” were “demonized.”


World War II was not a failure to tolerate diversity. It was a struggle against unmitigated evil fought by virtuous men who deserve honor and respect. Obama offered neither by minimizing what World War II was and why it had to be fought.

There is more to be won in peace than in war? What does that even mean? How does that sentiment apply to a commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Of course peace is preferable to war. That’s why wars must be won, and by the right people. Obama has never understood that. He thinks war should be avoided at all cost. That mentality would have lost World War II, and it will lose modern conflicts if held by future administrations.


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