Gary Johnson Defends Hiroshima Bombing
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday defended the 1945 nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying the action saved a countless number of American lives.
“Given that so many lives were lost [during WWII] and we were at war, and this brought an end [to the conflict], I certainly don’t want to engage in second guessing,” Johnson told CNN. “And no, given the time that this occurred, I certainly would not be giving an apology [to the Japanese].”
Johnson was asked the question in light of President Obama’s historical visit to Hiroshima on Friday, a first for an American president. Despite advance official statements that Obama would not apologize for the U.S. nuclear attacks, a public debate arose about whether or not he really should.
More than 100,000 Americans died fighting the horrifically brutal Japanese military during WWII. Countless others were tortured and left maimed for life by the Japanese in slave labor camps.
During his visit ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, President Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and hugged a survivor of the world’s first nuclear attack. The president also called for a “moral revolution” in the hope of ridding the planet of nuclear weapons.
“We’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can choose,” President Obama said.
Johnson, who as a Republican was governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, switched parties and ran for president for the Libertarian Party in 2008. He won more than a million votes, a record for the fledgling third-party group. He recently polled a respectable 11-percent in a survey pitting him against Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.