Poll Context: President Obama is off on another apology tour, this time to Hiroshima, Japan. If you think any apology to Japan is not only unnecessary but asinine, you belong to a very large club. It’s called Hell No!
Obama may stop short of making an explicit apology for our nation dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945 to bring a swift end to World War II. More likely he will instead offer “regrets,” which of course is the same thing in the eyes of “world opinion.”
To most Americans, this whole Obama apology scenario has it backwards. Japan should be thanking the United States for ending that war mercifully. Japan surrendered six days after the second bomb was dropped.
I say “mercifully” because the alternative to using the two atomic bombs was a US Army invasion of the Japanese homeland beginning in October 1945. It would likely have extended well into 1946.