posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 05:18 AM
Originally posted by ludaChris[/I]
Japan has the blessing of the US to take their military beyond a self defense force. [Japan’s Constitution - written by Gen. Douglas MacArthur -
limits Japan’s military to defense and the money to 1% of GDP.] This is most defiantly geared towards the Chinese. And Japan’s nearly 5 trillion
GDP, they could up their military spending into the hundreds of billions. Think of Japan with an army much like they had in WW2 as an ally of America
in the future, that could be an amazing force. The Chinese of course will respond. This is hypothetical, but it would be very good for the US in
terms of this growing rivalry we are now seeing. [Edited by Don W]
Au contraire. IS OUR BEST (AND MAYBE OUR LAST) OPPORTUNITY FOR PEACE IN THIS REGION EVAPORATING BEFORE OUR VERY EYES?
HEGEMONY. Whose is it to be? The United States is a legitimate PACIFIC power, but it is NOT a legitimate ASIAN power. America, despite being the LAST
superpower standing, after bankrupting the USSR - and nearly bankrupting ourselves - is in decline. Our poor policy choices, equally poor planning
and worse, poor execution make that circumstance inevitable. Get used to it.
China, OTOH, is a nation in the ascendency. People speak of the “REGION” as if China was not already 80% of the region. Forget Tibet. China did no
worse in Tibet that America did in the former Mexican territory we now call the “American Southwest.” I recently drove past Joel Chandler
Harris’s place of abode near Eatonton, GA, and I’m reminded of his insightful Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby story (in Uncle Remus) which reminds me of
the United States vis a vis China. The harder we try the worser we get stuck.
The challenges facing a nation and a people in decline are perhaps harder to bear than a nation in full competition. Just ask Mikhail Gorbachev who
steered the USSR through that traumatic moment in Russian history. He got the Nobel Peace Prize for his courage and foresight and the world avoided a
potentially devastating war of regime survival for which we all owe Mr. Gorbachev an eternal debt. Can America raise a Gorbachev when we need one? He
surely is not to be found in the QUICK DRAW SHOOT FIRST cowboy from Crawford.
[edit on 3/20/2006 by donwhite]