Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week.
Can someone please explain to me how visiting Normandy would have offended Britain and Germany? Other presidents have visited it and I would be that leaders of Britain and Germany have visited it, probably with presidents. But, Obama fears that he would have offended Britain, who was our ally during WWII for visiting a graveyard of US soldiers. Since he sees Americans as arrogant, then he must feel visiting the graves of arrogant Americans would offend other countries. I can’t see any other way, he would see it as offending these two countries. Does anyone else have any ideas? You know it does remind me that when he was visiting the US Base in Germany, he didn’t visit soldiers, I guess he saw them as the arrogant Americans and didn’t want to offend Britain or Germany at that time. But, since he was campaigning, he couldn’t tell us what he really thought.
In case you didn’t know, there is a reason why there are US bases in Germany as well as Japan. As part of the treaty to end WWII, those countries are not allowed to create a military. I think it has been changed so that they can have a small military. But, they are not allowed to be able to create a military that would lead them to try to take over the world again. It is the reason why US troops are posted in these countries. Since they could not really protect themselves due to the terms of the treaty, the US agreed to protect them.
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While Obama is afraid to offend our friends and long term allies, our new allies are demanding apologies. I love that Chavez is telling him he needs to apologize to Japan, a long term ally, for ending WWII!