President Obama visited Hiroshima, Japan on Friday. He was the first U.S. president to do so since World War II.
Leading up to his trip, much of the public discussion revolved around whether or not Obama should apologize for the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
A slew of think pieces called on the U.S. to apologize. The Obama administration refused.
This is unfortunate; the U.S. government certainly should atone for what it itself admitted at the time were unnecessary atomic bombings. The horrors of these attacks were unfathomable (more on that in a moment).
But there’s a gargantuan elephant in the room in the media discourse on Obama’s visit, one that has largely been ignored.
The biggest scandal of all is not that the U.S. refuses to apologize for its atomic bombing of Japan, but rather that the U.S. is planning on spending a trillion tax dollars in preparation to potentially carry out the crime again.