Open thread: Noted sports analyst to discuss Japan crises

posted at 1:35 pm on March 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

OK, that headline might be a little harsh.  How about “Anti-bullying activist to discuss non-intervention in Libya while dictator massacres entire city“? Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear at the moment that Barack Obama will be taking questions but rather will just be issuing a statement:

The White House says President Barack Obama will make a statement later in the day on the deepening nuclear crisis in Japan.

Obama spoke Wednesday night with Japan’s prime minister about steps the U.S. is taking to ensure the safety of Americans there — steps that exceed what Japan is telling its own citizens. The U.S. has also offered to evacuate Americans from three Japanese cities.

It’s unclear what Obama will have to say, other than the US will supply any assistance Japan requests, which Obama already said in an earlier statement.  Today, for instance, the US Navy delivered protective suits to workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has now repeatedly said that the US is safe from any impact from the radiation emanating from the site.  Now the IAEA is calling the situation “stable”:

The situation at Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear plant is “very serious,” but at the moment it does not appear to be deteriorating, a senior official of the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday.

As emergency workers frantically worked to regain control of the dangerously overheated nuclear complex, Graham Andrew told reporters that “there had been no significant worsening” over the past 24 hours at the crippled plant.

Andrew, a senior aide to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, emphasized that the situation could change quickly, either improving or escalating into a wider catastrophe.

“It hasn’t gotten worse, which is positive, But it is still possible that it could get worse,” he said. “We could say it’s reasonably stable at the moment compared to yesterday.”

While we’re waiting for President Obama to make a public appearance on the Japan crises, be sure to absorb this report from ABC on the nearly 200 workers who have volunteered for what appears to be a suicide mission to keep the nuclear station from killing their families, neighbors, and countrymen:

“My dad went to the Nuclear Plant. I never heard my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive,” read a tweet by Twitter user @nekkonekonyaa.

“My husband is working knowing he could be radiated,” said one woman. He told her via email, “Please continue to live well. I cannot be home for awhile.”

An email from the daughter of a Fukushima 50 volunteered was shared on national television and said, “My father is still working at the plant — they are running out of food…we think conditions are really tough. He says he’s accepted his fate…much like a death sentence…”

The nearly 200 workers are rotated in and out of the danger zone in groups of 50, taking turns eating and sleeping in a decontaminated area about the size of an average living room.

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world, and it usually arises in the darkest of moments. Keep these people and their families in your prayers.


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OK, that headline might be a little harsh.

No, Ed. Its dead on.

Another inconvenient truth.

BobMbx on March 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I LOVE the headline Ed. Made me LOL.

The Right Scoop on March 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Today, for instance, the US Navy delivered protective suits I-pods loaded with Obamas’ most inspirational speeches to workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

BobMbx on March 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

spot on headline Ed…

dear leader will probably spend less time talking about this then he talked about his picks…

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I thought the headline completely funny and accurate.

Beaglemom on March 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world, and it usually arises in the darkest of moments. Keep these people and their families in your prayers.

Amen

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

He has to pack for Brazil first. Priorities, y’know. Prayers ascending for the people of Japan.

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I think that headline is absolutely FANTASTIC!

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Maybe Obama will offer Final Four tickets to the first 50 survivors that call in?

TampaBayBull on March 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

He shooooots!!!!! Air ball….

SPGuy on March 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Give him an unlabeled map and tell him to point to Japan.

rogerb on March 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Obama is reverting to the usual tack.

He’s got to make a speech. Show the “folks” he is in top of it all. Make it look once again like he is the smartest guy in the room, build up those flagging poll numbers, and justify his need to take a vacation down in Rio from the stress of office.

What’ll Obama say?

Does it matter?

Hasn’t made a speech yet that actually accomplished anything toward the well-being of the entire Nation.

Will probably make a suggestion that all nuclear plants in the US be shut down for extensive testing and evaluation for the next decade. That’ll satisfy the tree-huggers and man-made climate change folks.

$15.00 a gallon gas anyone?

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM

“It is far better to have people think you’re ignorant, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain (?)

That has to be what Obama’s political advisers are telling him.

bflat879 on March 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Wow, such an incredible story. These workers are almost like kamikaze fighters- sacrificing themselves for their country.

I love those headlines- they are so fitting and maddening!

Oh, and I’m sure you know this, @Ed Morrissey, but Bret Baier read your smack down of that scurrilous Lynn Woolsey chick word for word with credit to you and Hot Air on his show last evening! I was so proud. :)

NTWR on March 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Those 200 are real heroes. But when I think about it, all of Japan’s citizens are heroes in my eyes. I believe they will come back stronger and better.

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Real sacrifice vs. a weak attempt at faux concern over Libya. God bless those workers.

rbj on March 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

After his speech…

… Is he going to tell everyone that Michelle is waiting, and he’s gotta go?

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Obama will soon be taking his mad golf talents to Ireland.

My Irish eyes are weeping.

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Embarrassment.

jawkneemusic on March 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world, and it usually arises in the darkest of moments. Keep these people and their families in your prayers.

That says all that needs to be said Capt. Ed!..Prayers go to all the families of these folks and to all the people of Japan!..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Will he stop to give a shout-out to Jalen Rose for his Fab Five documentary before getting on to the meat of his speech?

teke184 on March 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I’m embarrassed that we’re making such a big deal about the differences between what our government is recommending and what the Japanese government is recommending.

We are not their boss nor do we have oversight responsibilities for them.
The French and German governments have issued even stronger recommendations. Should they say they pass judgment on how the US is handling this?

Each government just needs to do what they think is best for its citizens, and shut up about the other guys.

MayBee on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

OK, that headline might be a little harsh.

Not harsh, just perfect!

Here’s another one, just on the radar

Noted golfer “deeply concerned” over dictator going home.

“The United States, along with others in the international community, has deep concerns that President Aristide’s return to Haiti in the closing days of the election could be destabilizing,” Vietor said. “President Obama reiterated … his belief that the Haitian people deserve the chance to choose their government through peaceful, free, and fair elections March 20.”

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

He will make it about himself.
You watch.
It will not be “to Japan from the Amercian people, we….”
It never is.
It will be “Michelle and I ….”

Marcus on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Won’t be taking questions? There’s probably not enough time; he’s got to get back to the crisis room to monitor events!

FloatingRock on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

So, The One has changed the spelling of his name to include an apostrophe? (Enjoy the tune…and happy St. Pat’s day.)

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

FloatingRock on March 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Nope. He’s got a salsa lesson.

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

You have to look to the sky, Ed. Almost three years into this and I think we all know what the puppeteer will play.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

This seems oddly-timed.

powerpro on March 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This is to cover his sorry ass for running off to Rio…

ladyingray on March 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

After all the hollering and criticism, he comes out to talk…about the horrors in Japan…a week later?

If he was to be a god, he sure is the dumbest of them all.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

You didn’t know Obie was Irish?..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I cannot figure out why they cannot get food, water and medical supplies to either the nuke plant or the out lying areas. I know there are few passable roads but don’t we have helicopters, food drops, air lifts etc etc. If we could get our wounded out of Nam and Korea why can’t these folks be helped? I just don’t get it. I thought this was the 21st century.

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear at the moment that Barack Obama Mr. Transparency will be taking questions

Fify, Ed.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

This is probably the best blog post I’ve seen written in English on the Japan disaster:

“The Real Tragedy of Japan and What We Should Take From It”

If you care about this story at all the above link is a must read. Having lived in Japan and being married to a Japanese woman (yes I speak the language). I can certainly vouch for the accuracy of his assessment.

Pattosensei on March 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

After his speech…

… Is he going to tell everyone that Michelle is waiting, and he’s gotta go?

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

+100

:)

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Is Bubba going to be there, to take over for him?

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Wrecking Ball………

………ask yourself: what’s his focus on today?…

..then divest.

PappyD61 on March 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Like he actually has anything to say on the situation that even comes remotely close to be relevant?!!!

pilamaye on March 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Let’s see if I understand the world…

Bush dithered for about a minute or two when he was informed about the second WTC plane crash, so he is an idiot. He should have run out of the classroom putting everyone in a panic.

Obama dithered for months about giving more troops for Afghanistan, 2 weeks to plug the hole in the gulf, several weeks (so far) on whether we should put up a no-fly zone in Libya to prevent the killing of civilians, and several weeks before deciding which side to take in Egypt. And I hear Obama is a genius as well as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

I just want to understand how things work in the world.

jeffn21 on March 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Seems a matter of scale. Imagine all of Ohio devastated at the same time…all interstate highways blocked at multiple points, rail shut down, power outages all over…and a few hundred thousand people unaccounted for, town after town and several larger cities laid waste, cold weather and snow, put an ocean around it, and you have northern Honshu on 17 March 2011.

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world

Indeed, but there are no world leaders who possess any.

The Eunuch in Chief is in D.C. until he will be in Rio.

Too bad the carnival there has ended. The clowns will arrive late.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

It’s unclear what Obama will have to say

Let’s see. “Radiation is dangerous” followed by “Water is wet”.

Unless of course The One is going to tell us that an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan recently.

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Great headline…

On the other hand, that picture makes me ill. I can’t believe this clown of a president would solidify his rapidly deteriorating reputation by appearing on ESPN when there are just so many issues a REAL president needs to deal with.

NavyMustang on March 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Look, Obama can only organize so many communities at once.

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Too bad the carnival there has ended. The clowns will arrive late.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Still laughing.

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Here is a man with real courage and steely ones. Obama can’t be allowed to even spit on this man’s shoes.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Great headline…

On the other hand, that picture makes me ill. I can’t believe this clown of a president would solidify his rapidly deteriorating reputation by appearing on ESPN when there are just so many issues a REAL president needs to deal with.

NavyMustang on March 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Could be he knows his base constituency.

surrounded on March 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

But… but… I thought Obama spent “every waking moment” focused on creating jobs

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

You didn’t know Obie was Irish?..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Gack. My cousin sent me that a couple of years ago.

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I just want to understand how things work in the world.

jeffn21 on March 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

it boggles the mind

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

After his speech…

… Is he going to tell everyone that Michelle is waiting, and he’s gotta go?

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

During one of the Obama restaurant outings featured in the WaPo today, I hear that Michelle thought briefly about the lack of food over in Japan, but that thought was interrupted by the next course and was never resumed….

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

“Before getting to the text of my remarks, I’d like to give a shout-out to my buddy Akihito, doin’ a fine job of emperoring there, Aki-buddy.”

“Now, as some of you may have heard, last week Japan had an earthquake followed by a tsu…shoo…tesoonami, whatever, a lot of water rolled over the beaches…sorta of a Oriental Katrina thing, and folks out there are hurting. But we are on top of it, and doing everything we can and a few things we ought not to make sure we get the credit when all that mess if finally cleaned up.”

“Now, who wants to talk about my final four picks?”

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Sorry didn’t mean to double your post ..I should have paid closer attention!..:)

PS..It is a good song!..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world, and it usually arises in the darkest of moments. Keep these people and their families in your prayers.

Excellent point, Ed. The men entering and leaving that nuclear facility are extraordinary examples of duty and honor and I appreciate them and will pray for them. They are demonstrating leadership and personal sacrifice. For such a time as this, these men have been called.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Is jackstick going to leave some NRC staffer or other mouthpiece to take over totus reading in order to hit the plane to fly to Rio?

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

LOL!..Hey we all have a great great great great grandfather that was Irish somewhere!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

An email from the daughter of a Fukushima 50 volunteered was shared on national television and said, “My father is still working at the plant — they are running out of food…we think conditions are really tough. He says he’s accepted his fate…much like a death sentence…”

Speaking of sacrifice, does this also mean daily shipments of waygu beef to the WH have been interrupted?

a capella on March 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

lol
:)

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

You know things are really bad when even Hillary Clinton washes her hands of you. She wouldn’t even do that with Bill.

sdd on March 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

There is good news… we don’t have to hear “nukelar”. hehe

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I’m surprised he has time for to issue statements. He’s got hoop games to follow, a trip to Rio to pack for. Maybe he’ll watch the China Syndrome on the flight. That will be his way of showing empathy for the situation in Japan.

vcferlita on March 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Prediction – the clowns will cancel the Rio trip, to ‘sacrifice’ for the world’s good.

1. Make stupid plans and decision
2. Ignore critics at first – they’re all racists, because other presidents also played golf and etc.
3. Criticism and exasperation from the left meets same as from the right
4. Cancel whatever entertainment
5. Claim to sacrifice for humanity’s good

Clowns run the world, with the Eunuch in Chief leading them.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Too bad the carnival there has ended. The clowns will arrive late.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

ROFL!..That is priceless!..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Anti-bullying activist to discuss non-intervention in Libya while dictator massacres entire city

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E1BABUUTck

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I hope he doesn’t send them any Enola Gay souvenir T-shirts.

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Is he going to heap ‘glowing praise’ on these brave workers??

compliments.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

There is good news… we don’t have to hear “nukelar”. hehe

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Don’t be so sure-has Jimmy Carter been interviewed about this crisis yet? That’s how he pronounces it.

And he was trained in nukelar physics, so that has to be the correct pronunciation.

Del Dolemonte on March 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

On the off chance anyone is interested here are the latest update on Japan from the Nuclear Energy Institute:

UPDATE AS OF 1:30 P.M. EDT, THURSDAY, MARCH 17:

Radiation readings at the Fukushima Daiichi site boundary were measured today at a lower level, between 2 and 3 millirem per hour.

UPDATE AS OF 11:35 A.M. EDT, THURSDAY, MARCH 17:

Fukushima Daiichi
The reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are in stable condition and are being cooled with seawater, but workers at the plant continue efforts to add cooling water to fuel pools at reactors 3 and 4.

The status of the reactors at the site is as follows:

Reactor 1’s primary containment is believed to be intact and the reactor is in a stable condition. Seawater injection into the reactor is continuing.

Reactor 2 is in stable condition with seawater injection continuing. The reactor’s primary containment may not have been breached, Tokyo Electric Power Co. and World Association of Nuclear Operators officials said on Thursday.

Access problems at the site have delayed connection of a temporary cable to restore off-site electricity. The connection will provide power to the control rod drive pump, instrumentation, batteries and the control room. Power has not been available at the site since the earthquake on March 11.

Reactor 3 is in stable condition with seawater injection continuing. The primary containment is believed to be intact. Pressure in the containment has fluctuated due to venting of the reactor containment structure.

TEPCO officials say that although one side of the concrete wall of the reactor 4 fuel pool structure has collapsed, the steel liner of the pool remains intact, based on aerial photos of the reactor taken on March 17. The pool still has water providing some cooling for the fuel; however, helicopters dropped water on the reactor four times during the morning (Japan time) on March 17. Water also was sprayed at reactor 4 using high-pressure water cannons.

Reactors 5 and 6 were both shut down before the quake occurred. Primary and secondary containments are intact at both reactors. Temperature instruments in the spent fuel pools at reactors 5 and 6 are operational, and temperatures are being maintained at about 62 degrees Celsius. TEPCO is continuing efforts to restore power at reactor 5.

Fukushima Daini
All four reactors at the Fukushima Daini plant have reached cold shutdown conditions with normal cooling being maintained using residual heat removal systems.

I wonder, when this is all over and the sky hasn’t fallen will the media apologize for their irresponsible fear mongering?

jasetaro on March 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

ROFL!..:)

Dire Straits on March 17, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Avid Golfer Stuck in Sand Trap for Two Weeks. Awaits International Consensus as to What Club to Use Next.

sdd on March 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I cannot figure out why they cannot get food, water and medical supplies to either the nuke plant or the out lying areas. I know there are few passable roads but don’t we have helicopters, food drops, air lifts etc etc. If we could get our wounded out of Nam and Korea why can’t these folks be helped? I just don’t get it. I thought this was the 21st century.

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Because their govt and ours have so frightened the people of Japan, that no one will drive the trucks to bring in the food and water for these guys except the police and the army. And they are stretched as thinly as possible in a part of the world where half a million people have not their own bed to sleep in, and close to 50,000 are missing, swept away by the tsunami, and no one knows it yet.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 17, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Mayhaps Barry will explain the $4.09/gallon gas price this morning.

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Make this quick TOTUS I’m off the RIO!

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

We all know what we have here. We have an ostrich. The rest of the world knows it by now also.

The worst of the leaders at one of the worst of times. Good luck to the next ten or twelve Presidents repairing what he trashed.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

PIMF off to Rio

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Obama will apologize for America creating this disaster in Japan.

WoosterOh on March 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Rush just said bho stopped by the Japanese embassy to sign the condolence book and took up a whole page.
L

letget on March 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Heh, this time he didn’t speak during Rush’s show.

When will he speak on Libya?

petefrt on March 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Yes, I do understand this to some degree. But last night I heard on the news about a hospital in the path of danger from the nuke plant radiation should it come and they were running out of everything they needed. Now it seems to me that there must be some way to get much of what they need to them. the Dr.s and nurses there had put themsleves in danger to stay where their duty lay and yet none of the stuff they needed was arriving, including water. Seems to me that SOME way could be found. I do get that many individual folks in these areas have no means of communication or tranportation, but larger places such as that hospital or shelters in larger building could be located and helped. I am beginning to wonder about the comprehensiveness of their disaster planning or their surveillance techniques.(please don’t interpret this as criticism, it’s more on the lines of dismay)It looks as if they may have concentrated their preventive efforts in just the larger population centers? And…what if it were Ohio or here or where you live? Same thing?

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

He’s a worm.
He’s not worthy to comment on anything regarding the good and industrious people of Japan.
He should keep his mouth shut and just vacation, play golf or whatever.

God bless the people of Japan, and especially those workers who are sacrificing their lives for their brethren.
Heroes are being born.
The Japanese people will come out of this tragedy as better and stronger people.

justltl on March 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

$10 says he instructed the Navy to provide all the assistance they can as long as they put out the wet floor signs and follow proper lifting protocols.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Putting his face in a prominent place before disappearing to Rio.

If the gubmint were run like a private company, when he came back he’d find his desk on the sidewalk.

Will Japan be his excuse for freezing development of nuke power? No more new plants? Shutting down existing plants?

One by one he’s choking off our sources of energy.

petefrt on March 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Oh that headline, ouch! But hey, if Mr. President would spend more time doing what he was elected to do than what he wasn’t elected to do, people wouldn’t be justified in making a headline like that. He earned it.

scalleywag on March 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I would like to talk to you today about the events happening in Japan, but first I would like to give a shout out to…….

tommer74 on March 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I love Open Threads

Ugly on March 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Someone needs to ask Obama about the ‘Nitally’ Lions.

LASue on March 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Charlotte needs to tell the DNC to take their convention to a friendly state.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Mr Obama said the US feels “great urgency” to assist Japan, and is confident that Japan will rebuild, AFP news agency adds

***then glances at his boarding pass to Rio***

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

“My dad went to the Nuclear Plant. I never heard my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive,” read a tweet by Twitter user @nekkonekonyaa.

My dad babymama went to the WalMart and looted this b!tchin’ 53″ Plasma TV for me.

MNHawk on March 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I’ve donated as much as I could to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Japan (they’ve been helping the Japanese people since 1895), and I’m praying for the people who are suffering so much…

But now I’m reading that the brave people trying to extinguish the reactor fires are like “kamikaze fighters sacrificing themselves for their country,” as one person put it. A Japanese professor said that the brave people fighting the reactor fires are like “suicide fighters in a war.”

Maybe I’m the only person here who had relatives who did not survive WWII sea battles because of kamikaze pilots. Those aviators sank dozens of Allied ships, sending about 4,900 men to the bottom of the ocean. Allied sailors were trying to free countries that Japan had invaded.

Maybe I’m the only person who would prefer that we drop that particular similie. Kamikaze pilots were bold, but not brave, in my estimation — courage is a virtue, and those who fought to enslave and destroy Japan’s neighbors were not virtuous, in my view.

I’m all for the Japanese people of today. But let’s leave the kamikazes in the past.

KyMouse on March 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

But let’s leave the kamikazes in the past.

KyMouse on March 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Amen. 70 years ago was 70 years ago.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

With all that’s going on and Obama’s pitiful leadership response to it, I make a nomination that say his official nickname should be: Mr. Facepalm.

Chip on March 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Unshakeable in Chief

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 3:11 PM

This far along on St. Patty’s Day and no “Whiskey in the Jar?”

Well, Ed, this one’s for you.

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Headline is perfect. The Japanese fight for their lives and Obama needs a trip to Rio! And the press sighs and thrills.

clnurnberg on March 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I cannot figure out why they cannot get food, water and medical supplies to either the nuke plant or the out lying areas. I know there are few passable roads but don’t we have helicopters, food drops, air lifts etc etc. If we could get our wounded out of Nam and Korea why can’t these folks be helped? I just don’t get it. I thought this was the 21st century.

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM

It’s called logistics. Logistics are a lot more than the local transportaion of helicopters. You must have a place to bring stuff to, inorder that it is properly staged, then loaded in an orderly fashion into small quantities enough for helicopters and truck transport.

It has never been that simple and that easy. Why do you think that armies just don’t fall out of the skies overnight? They need months of transportation and supply lines being put together.

This ain’t Hollywood. It is the real world.

Kermit on March 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Give him a break. For Lent he gave up presidentin’ but added more golf and vacations.

Brat on March 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Yeah sorry folks, I know I’ve been out here in front of you for a whole 90 seconds but I gotta go pack. Here’s George H. Bush, I’ve been told he knows something about Japan since he yacked during a dinner there. See ya!!!

– Just continuing the former Pres in Res(idence)program

uniclone on March 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

In response to a reporter’s questions, the knickers and clown shoes clad Mr. Obama doused the fellow with his squirting lapel flower, shocked him with his palm buzzer, gave him a stick of teeth blackening gum, let looose some “fart spray” and exclaimed, “Fore!”

Mason on March 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

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