President Obama has put securing Afghanistan near the top of his foreign policy agenda, but “victory” in the war-torn country isn’t necessarily the United States’ goal, he said Thursday in a TV interview.
“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,” Obama told ABC News.
Yeah, that was awful, wasn’t it? Total victory against Japan, rebuilding the country into the thriving democracy that it is today with not even the slightest fear of them attacking us ever again. It would be horrible if the same fate awaited Afghanistan.
UPDATE: GP points out what I’m sure many of you caught: it wasn’t the Emperor that signed the surrender.