Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting Pearl Harbor with President Obama on December 27. Wednesday, December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans were killed.
Needless to say many World War II veterans aren’t thrilled about Abe’s visit. Japan has refused to apologize for the Pearl Harbor attack.
During Monday’s press briefing White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked how veterans should feel about Abe’s upcoming visit. Earnest said they should get over it.
“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 (about the visit). 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. And so, yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered. 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,” said Earnest.
How completely insensitive and disgusting, to say the very least.
Thank goodness we’re done with this guy and his boss very soon.
UPDATE: A sampling from social media…
Many of these guys lost friends there when the Japanese did their cowardly, unprovoked attack. This man wasn’t there and has NO RIGHT to tell any how to feel about anything that he wasn’t around to witness himself.
Ask this idiot about ”Remember the Alamo”. Should we get over that too?
Yeah, I’m sure all the 1,177 sailors, average age 23, on the Arizona would be happy to overlook Japan killing them all off without a declaration of war!!!
perhaps he should say these comments directly to the veterans and see what response he would get. Even though they are in their nineties, they would still kick his sorry, lying, gutless ass.