“I will visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama,” Abe reportedly said. “This will be a visit to soothe the souls of the victims. We should never repeat the ravages of the war.”
That is well and good, but, this being the Obama administration, someone had to say something about being welcoming and inclusive. This time, White House press secretary Josh Earnest spoke of veterans of the Second World War and how they should welcome Abe to Pearl Harbor in the name of patriotism.
Earnest made a point of saying that U.S. servicemen from the time “might” feel “embittered” toward the country that plunged their nation into a global war, but because they’re so gosh-darned patriotic, they can put their sacrifices behind them to welcome the prime minister.
“A World War II veteran who was drafted by the U.S. military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack 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,” Earnest said in a statement Monday.
“I think we take a risk if we underestimate their patriotism and their capacity to set aside their own personal interests and prioritize the ambition and opportunity of the American people,” he continued.
Perhaps Earnest underestimates what he just implicitly asked of veterans of the Second World War, and Pearl Harbor in particular.
“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,” he said.
And that’s how you know Earnest never served in the military.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail