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It was wrong to bomb
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/8/2013 4:32:33 AM

Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Elvira, 8/8/2013 4:46:53 AM     (No. 9463764)

I prefer the counter argument by Michael Bar one, thank you.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 8/8/2013 5:02:47 AM     (No. 9463769)

I don´t think anyone involved in the Manhattan project knew exactly what the fallout (literally) would be from using nuclear bombs.

War is nasty business -- people die, thinks break. The sooner it´s over, the better. The more we as a nation wring our hands over "those poor dears" the more our enemies will live among the innocent and use them as a literal and figurative shield to our moral angst. The faster that innocent people realize that they are being used by their own people as pawns and shields, the faster they may *do something* about it before the bomb drops.

Hate to be cold and calculating -- but the loss of another American´s life in WWII was not worth protecting the sensibilities of milquetoast westerns apologizing for a country that went on suicide missions and who hurled themselves and their children off cliffs at the behest of their emperor (instead of being captured), and who started the damn war with the US to begin with.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 8/8/2013 5:17:04 AM     (No. 9463774)

No, it wasn´t wrong. If the Japanese had the bomb, they would have used it against us. Same with the Germans.

The objective was to end the war with our side as the victors. One doesn´t fight a war with the primary concern being avoiding civilian casualties.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue hen1, 8/8/2013 5:23:52 AM     (No. 9463779)

Bad Monday morning quarterbacking. It saved thousands of American lives

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 8/8/2013 5:33:52 AM     (No. 9463781)

I don´t post comments on articles I haven´t read, but I am going to make an exception this time:

PURE REVISIONIST BUNKO!

There, I feel better now.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/8/2013 6:00:22 AM     (No. 9463792)

No one really knows, of course, how the war would have gone if the bombs hadn´t been dropped. But, I had at least one relative who was poised to be part of the first wave of a Japanese homeland invasion. He and who knows how many others were spared. That´s a very good thing.

However, I have never been completely convinced that the second bomb was necessary, Nagasaki. Opinions vary.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FunOne, 8/8/2013 6:27:28 AM     (No. 9463808)

Yes, in 1945 the USA was committed to winning a war and demanding unconditional surrender by those who initiated hostilities on us.

If we had engaged in a "war" back then like we undertake it today, we would currently be fighting Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Harry Truman would not recognize the Democrat party of today.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 8/8/2013 6:34:55 AM     (No. 9463811)

In my view, a life is a life is a life. A soldier´s life is no less (and arguably more) valuable than a civilian´s life. Our culture has protected civilians as the soldiers, not they, "fight" the war. In the modern era, that is no longer the case - especially in democratic systems. Civilians give birth to, make weapons for, pay taxes to support, and otherwise facilitate the soldiers. They are, like it or not, part of the war machine. Our enemies know that and it is time for us to stop the denial. We´re all in it together.

Soldiers are not "drones" destined to die for the rest of us. They are our (and their) sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who had the courage to step forward. War is a necessary evil that should be waged in a way to avoid unnecessary loss of life - civilian and military alike.

There are valid arguments on both sides of the decisions to bomb Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and even Dresden. We mourn the loss of all who died, were wounded, and suffered in the wars waged to preserve our civilization. We must redouble our efforts to avoid these wars as much as possible - and to settle them as quickly as possible when they cannot be avoided.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/8/2013 6:37:13 AM     (No. 9463812)

#7m Egggggzackly! My brother came home from that war thanks to the A-bomb and a president who had the guts to do his job.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 8/8/2013 6:38:52 AM     (No. 9463814)

Not only was it right to bomb Japan, we should drop one right now on Tehran.

That´s right, I said it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 8/8/2013 6:39:43 AM     (No. 9463816)

It is difficult (if not impossible) to understand the mindset of wartime Japanese people. How do you explain the mass hysteria that produced kamikaze pilots?

Japanese physicists made an aerial inspection wrought by Little Boy and immediately knew we had exploded a nuclear device; they petitioned the military to surrender. Firebrand nationalists were convinced America was bluffing and began their campaign to immediately invade the U.S. The Japanese people were prepared to die to the last - we spared those lives with the detonation of Fat Man.

Millions of lives - both Japanese and American - and years of war were avoided because Truman had the guts to drop those bombs. One could argue the merits of such warfare but nothing written or said 70+ years later will alter those facts.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 8/8/2013 6:44:10 AM     (No. 9463822)

The use of the atomic bomb was not only the right thing to do, it would have been immoral not to use it.

US military planners had scheduled the invasion of the Japanese homeland to occur a few months later. The expected allied deaths were in the tens of thousands and injuries in the hundreds of thousands with several times as many Japanese in both categories

The utopian critics can argue till hell freezes over, but the notion of intentionally sacrificing 50 or 60 thousand of our soldiers to avoid killing a slightly larger number of the enemy is absurd.

Despicably absurd.

As to the "but they were mostly civilians" is also silly.
In total war - a war for the survival of civilization - there are no "civilians."


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Reply 13 - Posted by: uno, 8/8/2013 6:46:13 AM     (No. 9463824)

The best arguments for using the bomb was exactly what #3 mentions. the Germans and the Japanese would have used it it they had it and a way to deliver it. Don´t think there wasn´t a race on to develop atomic warfare either because there was. Just as certain as they would have used it 68 years ago, cave-men in the Middle East will certainly use them today when they finally acquire them. Of that there is no question, and when they do Liberals won´t cite the fact that for 68 years we have been responsible care-takers of nuclear technology. No, they will blame America for using it 68 years ago to end a bad war we didn´t start!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/8/2013 6:53:51 AM     (No. 9463835)

You go to war to win, not die in vain. Sheesh.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/8/2013 7:01:54 AM     (No. 9463847)

#8 is right. Truman was deciding who would die And he chose more Japanese and fewer Americans.

But it wasn´t that simple. It wasn´t heads or tails. Probably more Japanese civilians would have died if we had not bombed. Certainly their military would have.

Japan´s military was determined to fight to the end even though the war was already lost. And they still had millions of relatively able troops to defend the home islands.

In a sense the leaders of Japan, men who absolutely would not face facts, made the decision for Truman. They just didn´t know it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: silencedogood, 8/8/2013 7:04:49 AM     (No. 9463850)

I am sure Timmy would be singing a different tune if he had been on a troop transport ship en route to Japan in preparation for invasion.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bevan, 8/8/2013 7:09:43 AM     (No. 9463854)

Timothy should study a little history. More civilians were killed by Curtis Lemay´s fire bombing of Tokyo than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. War is hell. More so for bedwetters that never served.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: fleetusa, 8/8/2013 7:15:20 AM     (No. 9463860)

My Dad was trained to be an anesthesiologist in the medical M.A.S.H. units if we had to invade Japan. At the time they were worried about up to 500,000 casualties if the mainland was invaded based on Japanese fighting approaches in the islands.

One bomb would have been sufficient but the Japanese were so stubborn it took two.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tanstaafl44, 8/8/2013 7:26:22 AM     (No. 9463875)

read this for the definitive response

http://vladtepesblog.com/2009/12/25/pajamas-tv-bill-whittle-speaks-on-hiroshima/

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Peaches, 8/8/2013 7:30:19 AM     (No. 9463883)

Sneak attack at Pearl Harbor plus declaration of war against U.S. equals Japan getting its comeuppance. No Pearl Harbor and no war declaration gives you no bomb. It´s pretty obvious.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Hermoine, 8/8/2013 7:56:21 AM     (No. 9463924)

#4 -- Not only did it save countless American lives, but it mostly likely saved many more Japanese lives. Estimates are that hundreds of thousands of Japanese would´ve died had we invaded the homeland (some even estimated that 1 million lives would´ve been lost).

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Reply 22 - Posted by: provide, 8/8/2013 7:57:44 AM     (No. 9463930)

Boo hoo hoo. Ask the prisoners on the Bataan Death March what we should do.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: terrywhite, 8/8/2013 8:23:06 AM     (No. 9463960)

Correction # 10, not Tehran, but Mecca! Rid the world forever of that Godless religion!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/8/2013 8:36:15 AM     (No. 9463992)

When the Japanese invaded the Chinese coast 44 million people lived there. When they left 34 million people were still there.

We laugh now at the portrayal of Japanese in those old war movies. The reality is they were MUCH WORSE.

If you doubt me, try reading the book FLYBOYS by James Bradley and find out what the Japanese staff officers did to American POW´s at Chichi Jima.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 8/8/2013 8:38:16 AM     (No. 9463996)

It was right.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/8/2013 8:46:45 AM     (No. 9464014)

Forty years ago, I read David Westheimer´s "Lighter Than a Feather", an alternate history novel set during the Allied invasion of Japan´s homeland. It´s written from the Japanese perspective and I have never forgotten that book. If you can locate it, I highly recommend it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/8/2013 8:54:25 AM     (No. 9464033)

The Japanese were preparing for an invasion by the U.S. and their plan was to inflict as many casualties as they could so that the U.S.would lose heart. It took fire bombing of major cities, two atomic bombs and the threat of many more to convince them to surrender. Even at that, it took them five days after Nagasaki. Further, there was an attempted coup by junior officers of the Japanese military who wanted to fight to the death. This was not a society that was going to give up easily. Anyone who doubts this should review the battle of Okinawa (100,000 Japanese troops and 65,000 American died, and one quarter of the island population died).

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Reply 28 - Posted by: grampus, 8/8/2013 9:07:47 AM     (No. 9464058)

At the time of the Battle of the Bulge, FDR asked about using the atomic bomb against the Germans....but learned that it was not yet ready. So much for those who inject a bit of race into Truman´s decision.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Flashback, 8/8/2013 9:16:58 AM     (No. 9464075)

Annual revisionist crap. Tell it to the Marines.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/8/2013 9:49:08 AM     (No. 9464132)

Imagine the reaction from the American people if we had continued fighting Japan for another year, knowing we had 2 bombs that would quickly end the war. It was the right thing to do. It also gave Stalin pause in his attempt to grab Manchuria and northern Japan.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: toddh, 8/8/2013 10:08:49 AM     (No. 9464164)

Totalitarian regimes do not have civilians. Wanna talk aim points and factories? Thought not.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Jennie C., 8/8/2013 10:11:46 AM     (No. 9464171)

Regarding the 2nd bomb: I have been told, by someone who was in the Philippines, poised for the invasion, that the initial Japanese thought was that we only had one bomb.

After Nagasaki, it was like, hmm, if they have two, maybe they have more. Hence, surrender.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/8/2013 10:53:28 AM     (No. 9464251)

Send Timothy over to get Al Queda so we don´t have any collateral damage from the drones.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: BitterClinger, 8/8/2013 1:05:20 PM     (No. 9464491)

Here are two books that provide a great deal of information about that terrible time I believe too few are aware of.

Hell to Pay Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947
http://www.usni.org/store/books/ebook-editions/hell-pay

and

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-679-41424-7

Both books are available on Amazon and other booksellers.

If you read either or both you will understand what we would have faced had we invaded and also the "fog of war" our leaders had to contend with.

The books claim that the Japanese government was prepared to accept 20 million Japanese dead to achieve an armistice leaving the Japanese government at least partially intact. Our estimates, not fully shared with Truman, were a million American soldiers killed. Not casualties -- killed.

We used two bombs. There were seven more being assembled in the Philippines. MacArthur wanted to use them to destroy opposition at the beachheads.

If you read one or both of these books, you will not continue to repeat the shallow cliches about that time.

Both we and the Japanese people should be grateful Truman decided to use the bombs.




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Reply 35 - Posted by: harper, 8/8/2013 1:31:27 PM     (No. 9464541)

Among the many advantages of using both bombs was that it made it culturally possible for the Japanese to surrender. For every life lost on those 2 days, another 10 to 20 are alive because there was no kamikaze defense to an invasion.

No bomb, no surrender. Simple as that.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: saguni, 8/8/2013 4:22:44 PM     (No. 9464770)

One of the more vile and reprehensible actions of the modern "progressive" LIEberals is their habit of taking an event from history, stripping it of any context, then applying today´s morality to that event in order to "prove" how wrong "we" were in our history.

It fits this situation as well as the "Founding Fathers owned slaves" situation, or the "Founding Fathers thought blacks were only ´worth´ 3/5´s of a white man," two of the more common usages of this phenomenon.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mathman, 8/8/2013 6:27:22 PM     (No. 9464962)

Had this author been consulted, I would have lost my father. He was 4-F during WW II. He got his 1-A notice in August 1945. He would have come home. Home in one of the 1,000,000 body bags which the Army had already ordered.
So don´t tell me the A-bomb was immoral.
The sole purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.
The A-bomb broke the will of the Japanese. They had no idea how many of the weapons we had (in fact we had only two at the time).
The military is called in when diplomacy fails. Japan indicated what they wanted when they destroyed Pearl Harbor. They wanted a fight to the death.
That is what we gave them.
And you can blame the partisans for the failure of the Germans to build their own A-bomb. Read about the destruction of the heavy water supply.
Bah. Humbug. Hogwash. This "person" should be sent to North Korea as a permanent resident.
Then we will see what he thinks.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: sw penn, 8/8/2013 9:43:28 PM     (No. 9465192)

To use the bomb or not...

Focus on Marpi Point.

Those who know what Marpi Point is,
don´t understand the question.

Those who don´t know what Marpi Point is,
don´t understand the answer.

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On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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