Friday, May 07, 2010

Japan PM scraps US base move plan on Okinawa, at least the PM realizes US presence is critical to Japan's security!

Japan PM scraps US base move plan

Prime Minister Hotoyama ran for his position saying he would close the bases. Obviously that is what got him elected by the people angry at what you could mildly call "the ugly American" activities of a few soldiers, sailors, and marines. Hotoyama in the Japanese tradition I like and respect apologized to the people saying it would be impossible to relocate us after evaluating security concerns. He said our presence like it or not was vital to their security like it or not and asked the people for their understanding. He of course is right!

Remember the "incident 3 weeks ago? 10 Chinese warships including destroyers and submarines, I want answers too! This puts a new light on things. Look at the big picture once again. Japan has got to be rethinking their constant effort to get the US Military to leave Okinawa. It will behoove Japan to have us there. This puts a whole new light on China's turn around on Iran, their monetary finagling, and their last minute turn around on whether or not to attend the nuclear summit.

Just prior to this sudden mood and cooperation change with the US we were being threatened for arming Taiwan, for meeting with the Dalai lama in Washington, and threatened with slowing our economic recovery. I fell for the line of thought that the so called experts were floating that China realized that if we go down so do they.

Cooperation between China Russia and the US is critical! Obama is right to say our ties will shape the future of the 21st century. The US and China are eying each other and moving very cautiously as they try to strike a balance. A few years back I began to view our relationship with China as the most important in the world. Not because we drove each others economy but because if at the time with Bush's instigation to war with Russia China due to the fact of how our 2 economies are so intertwined that if something happened China would side with us not Russia.

As we discussed there have been at least three cases of groups of Chinese military ships crossing through the area of Okinawa since November 2008, first 4 ships then 6 then 8 and now 10 including destroyers and submarines. The latest case appeared to be the first involving surfaced submarines. The group of 10 ships, including the submarines, was observed about 90 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Okinawa in international waters Saturday.

Two missile destroyers and three frigate ships from the same group were spotted participating in a flight exercise of carrier-based helicopters April 7-9, the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff Office said in a statement Tuesday. Japan seeks answers over Chinese warships

The war ships were in international waters but close to Okinawa and Japan was not notified. That area as you may know has natural resources under the ocean and islands claimed by both Nations. It is important that we stay in Okinawa as China plays a more important role in Asia and around the world as she gains strength militarily and economically as we just discussed. Remember our discussion on the importance of China and the US staying together to move successfully through the 21st century

We must maintain as much of the old world balance and order as we can to maintain a balance as we try to move progressively and successfully through the 21st century!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


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Demeur said...

It's not about security Jim it's about the money we pay Japan to be there and the jobs they create. We saw what happened when we left the Philipines. No more shoes for Amelda!

an average patriot said...

I know Demeur it is all about the money or for us energy and other resources. Everybody is after something and in this increasingly volatile world everyone needs security even if they go to private firms as you see!