Leaked confidential cables reveal that the Government of Japan declined to accept an offer of an apology for World War II from President Obama.
The grounds for rejecting the offered were reportedly twofold.
On the one hand, there was the question of credibility. Obama was seen as “a person who has given so many inappropriate apologies to unworthy recipients that the value of an apology from him on this issue is dubious.”
On the other hand, there was befuddlement. “We started the war. Its unsuccessful outcome was the fruit of our own inability to carry it through to a victorious conclusion. The shame is ours. No apology is warranted.”