Like Falstaff in reverse

Andrew Sullivan takes up the cudgels against Harry Truman from Jon Stewart, who threw them down after adjudging Truman a war criminal for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was dropping the bombs a war crime? Sullivan finds brilliance in the blogger who cites “a Japanese legal review conclud[ing] as much two decades after the fact.”

Shakespeare’s Falstaff claimed not only to be witty, but also the cause of wit in others. By the same token, Sullivan is not only stupid, but also (as we saw with President Obama drawing on Sullivan last week) the cause of stupidity in others.

Unfortunately, in his Prague speech, President Obama gave the sense that Americans have something to feel guilty about in using the atomic bomb to close out the war against Japan. Obama pronounced in his speech: “[A]s the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act.” The logic is not apparent.

We stand unapologetically with Truman. Before the defamation of Truman goes much further, we invite readers to view Bill Whittle’s compelling defense of Truman on Pajamas TV.


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