Today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on U.S. Naval forces and civilians at Pearl Harbor.
In the lead-up to the anniversary, President Barack Obama’s White House sent an outrageous message to those American World War II veterans still “personally embittered” about the infamous December 7th, 1941 sneak attack: Get over it.
Obama caused a firestorm of controversy when he invited the Prime Minister of Japan to visit the hallowed grounds where the Empire of Japan launched its cowardly sneak attack that killed thousands of Americans.
When confronted about how the meeting would go over with veterans, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied, “If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered. And I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese Prime Minister.”
But, Earnest warned that veterans that still feel upset owe it to the country to get over these feelings.
“And so, yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered,” Earnest said. “But I’m confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they’re personally satisfied by the words of the Prime Minister, but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States.”
This isn’t the first controversy the Obama administration has created surrounding the U.S. role in World War II. Earlier in the year, Obama made headlines by being the first U.S. president to visit the sites of the American nuclear strikes at Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the bloody conflict.
The president expressed sympathy for the attack, causing widespread speculation that he would apologize to Japan for the war.
Now that Obama’s White House is coaching veterans to get over their bitterness, critics have begun to wonder: Is a formal U.S. apology to follow?
— The Horn editorial team