At the time, I found this to be an incredibly troubling statement. I still do. Its historical inaccuracy aside (Emperor Hirohito did not sign a surrender), has any other American President ever made such a statement? And during a time of war no less. Do we actually have a Commander-in-Chief that is troubled by the idea of American victory? Is it any wonder that public support for the war in Afghanistan, what Obama used to call the "just war," has eroded when even the President does not wish for victory and cannot lay out our nation's goals?I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.
Barack Obama has, in the last three years, proven time and again that he is ill-equipped to serve as President of the United States. Still, if we were to somehow put all that aside, I would think that opposing the idea of American victory, even in defeating Japan after Pearl Harbor, should be an automatic disqualification for occupying the role of Commander-in-Chief.