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Posted in: Trump signs 'Space Force' directive See in context

Yeah ! Space Force ! To absurdity and beyond !

But its okay for China and Russia to have their Space Force, eh?

How come you guys aren't critical and dismissive of their program?

https://thediplomat.com/2014/09/chinas-military-creates-new-space-force/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Space_Forces

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency See in context

Wait till a mega-mass migrant caravan from Latin America converges on the border timed for the 2020 election and those 16 states granting them sanctuary, welcoming them as new "Democrat voters" to ensure a landslide Democrat win.

When the American people realizes what is happening, it will be too late to build a barrier/wall/fence (or whatever you want to call it) to stop them.

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

Congress needs to pass an emergency Constitutional amendment and let AOC run!

If not allowing her to run for President, then Vice-President.

A "Bernie/AOC" ticket running on the Green New Deal platform would be the Demo-Socialists dream team.

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Posted in: JAL plane skids off taxiway, closing part of Narita Airport See in context

What?! Pilot at fault?  Nobody here blaming Boeing (the same manufacturer who built the much-maligned V-22 Osprey and 737-MAX) for building a "defective airplane that skids on the runway"?!  Of course the pilot was probably trained by Boeing, too.

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Posted in: Over 20 dead in U.S. polar vortex; frostbite amputations feared See in context

So, instead of global warming, it's now global freezing?

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Posted in: Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan See in context

Its really strange to me to see the traditionally anti-military intervention members of Democratic party aligning with the neo cons and hawks in the Republican party on this.

That's because the neo cons and hawks in the Republican party are also against Tump in this instance.

At the moment, these Democrats and Republican factions have a common enemy: Trump.

Remember the old saying: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"?

When this passes, the anti-military Democrats and the Republican hawks will be at odds again.

But its really strange to see the Democrats and Republicans (not to mention most JT posters here) who oppose U.S. meddling in other countries affairs, to be vehemently opposed to Trump who wants to get out of the region and concentrate on taking care of U.S. interests at home.

Again, no matter what position Trump takes, they will be opposed to it.

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Posted in: U.S. base transfer referendum for all Okinawa voters remains unclear See in context

Fearing a low turnout could undermine the validity of the referendum, Tamaki wants to conduct the referendum in all 41 cities, towns and villages, and has urged the five cities including Ginowan to take part in the referendum.

Yup, been saying all along, folks down here are apathetic to the issue.

And what if no clearcut resolution is reached, then what? More political delaying obstructionist referendum votes, thus delaying the closure of Futenma and relocation to Henoko? The problem will never be resolved. And what do the other 39 cities, towns and villages care about Futenma and Henoko? They have their own problems.

Let's be honest, Tamaki really wants the entire U.S. military forces, not just the U.S. Marines OUT of Okinawa. That's why he wants all 41 cities, towns and villages involved.

Would Tamaki prefer instead the JSDF to replace the U.S. military on the bases in Okinawa? Or does he wants ALL military forces including JSDF out of Okinawa and closure of all military bases ?  Let him be honest and straightforward about that instead of hiding his real intentions through meaningless referendums that only addresses part of the issue and offers no solutions.

It's time to fish or cut bait, as they say.  Why not a real binding referendum vote: "Do you want ALL military bases on Okinawa closed and ALL U.S. and Japanese military forces removed from Okinawa?" 

YES or NO. 

But this too will probably be a meaningless exercise and waste of effort as Okinawa is and remains a prefecture of Japan and under its jurisdiction, which includes compliance with its policies and directives. Mainland Japan government would ignore a "YES" vote as it and U.S. deems Okinawa to be an important buffer in the region and wants to continue hosting military bases there.

Independence from Japan is the only way Okinawa can be free from U.S. bases. . Independent Okinawa will have a free hand to deal with U.S. about the bases

Then hold a meaningful and binding referendum for independence and put it to vote. 

If and when that happens, Tamaki and Okinawans who do support independence will have to remember it will no longer be a Japanese prefecture and enjoy the economic benefits and protection as a Japanese prefecture. And the U.S. will also have no obligation in protecting Okinawa from a particular country that is expanding throughout the China Seas region.  

The Philippines kicked the U.S. military out. But after seeing China's expansionism in the area, they are begging for U.S. military to return and support in the region.

(Independence) Never going to happen. Okinawa is too far integrated into Japan for this to even be feasible.... 

Realistically true.  Japan central government will never allow independence for those very reasons.  Both Japan and U.S. agree Okinawa being militarily strategically important in the region.  

But if the majority of Okinawans are apathetic and uninterested in politics as suggested, the ones who do vote will no doubt be influenced by the very political active radical leftist forces who back the base protests, anti-U.S. sentiments and enabled Onaga and his successor Tamaki to be elected. They will make it appear that the "majority of Okinawans" support independence.  I hate to see Okinawa's fate determined by these noisy few but active and influential radical leftist factions.

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Posted in: Restoration of Nagasaki's famous A-bomb statue begins See in context

As for the lack of explanations for the creation and the ultimate decision to use the atomic bomb, people seem to overlook the fact there was a WAR GOING ON AT THE TIME. 

(By the way, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in 1939 warning Nazi Germany was making great strides in nuclear research that could lead to the development of a very powerful bomb that could destroy an entire city. That prompted the establishment of the "Manhattan Project".....to develop an atomic bomb to be used against Germany. But Germany surrendered BEFORE the bomb was ready for testing. So the bomb use was refocused to be used against Japan, who were still fighting.)

The Pacific War had gone on too long with too many casualties. The U.S. had just fought the Battle of Okinawa....the biggest battle in the Pacific War. Yet Imperial Japan still refused to surrender.  Yes, Japan was beaten, but they would never surrender. They were pulling back to reinforce reserves in anticipation to invasion. There was still some four million homeland defense forces in place on mainland Japan with the mentality "The sooner the Americans come, the better...One hundred million die proudly." (from a Japanese wartime slogan)

Operation Ketsu-Go documents the details of Japan's defense plans:

https://fas.org/irp/eprint/arens/chap4.htm 

https://fas.org/irp/eprint/arens/chap5.htm 

In wars, there are always research for new and more powerful weapons. At that time, the Americans viewed the atomic bomb as a new tactical weapons to be used against the enemy. The atomic bomb was viewed as the superweapon intended to convince the enemy of the futility of continuing the war and force a surrender and ending the war. It was an alternative solution to invasion of mainland Japan.

It also was intended to force Japan to surrender before the Soviet Union could invade and occupy the northern part of Japan and divide the country as postwar Germany was divided. The U.S. didn't want a repeat of the problems the Soviets were causing in Germany. 

Had the atomic bomb been not used, think about the invasion of Japan and its aftermath: War dragging into 1946, Japanese homeland military defense and civilians fighting U.S. forces in the south and Soviet forces in the north until the very end, resulting in millions of casualties and country totally destroyed. Postwar Japan...whatever is left...would have been a very, very different Japan and divided like postwar Korea. North Japan would have been occupied by Soviet Union with a DPRK-like regime while South Japan would have been a democratic country. 

Is this a better aftermath than what actually happened? 

The bomb did as intended and served its purpose. IT forced Japan to surrender and ended the war and avoided the invasion and postwar divided Japan.

By the way, people also forget that prior to 1945, the world was nuclear-free, but hardly peaceful. Subsequent to 1945, all wars and conflicts has been and continues to be fought with conventional weapons, not nuclear weapons. Abolishing nuclear weapons will make TOTAL War thinkable once again as it was prior to 1945.

Ironically, the use of the atomic bomb encouraged postwar Japan to become the conscientious reminder and promoter of world peace......a very different Japan compared to the militarist expansionist Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. Nuclear weapons also forced superpower nations like the U.S., Soviet Union, China, nations capable of waging total wars and mutual assured destruction, to regard such wars as "unthinkable."  In this way, nuclear weapons actually encouraged and promoted world peace.

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Posted in: Restoration of Nagasaki's famous A-bomb statue begins See in context

In Japan, there many peace museums and parks for the WWII such as the one in Nagasaki, but all of them just emphasize the tragedy and damage of Japanese civilians by the Atomic bombs, never explaining the causes of it, never mentioning the victims from other countries including Korea.

Yes, Korea and Korean people endured the military occupation of Imperial Japan. But now South Korea today is a thriving nation economically, rivaling Japan and may even supercede Japan someday when unified.

But what about Okinawa and Okinawan victims? The tragedy of the Okinawans is never really discussed or documented in detail in Japanese and American history books. The Battle of Okinawa is mentions at best only as a paragraph or footnote. 

For 67 years, Okinawa endured the brutality and suppression of Imperial Japanese military occupation until 1945. During the 82-day long Battle of Okinawa, Okinawans were caught between the Japanese and American military forces. That Battle is often overlooked, forgotten and overshadowed by Hiroshima/Nagasaki.  Many forget It was the largest land-sea-air engagement in the Pacific War (far larger and more devastating than Iwo Jima). Most of the island was destroyed and one third of the civilian population. The original Shuri Castle and other important Okinawan cultural artifacts destroyed.

In the book "Tenozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb", author George Feifer describes the Battle in detail and estimated that the destruction Okinawa endured was "equivalent to the destructive power of 150 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs."

Okinawa and Okinawan people were ultimately sacrificed by Imperial Japan to buy time for preparation of the American and Soviet invasion of mainland Japan that was surely to follow.

Let's not forget the tragedy of Okinawa and Okinawan people preceding and during the Pacific War.  Hiroshima and Nagasaki today are thriving cities, but Okinawa still bears the scars and stigma of Japanese occupation and wartime experiences.

When you visit Okinawa, be sure to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, Himeyuri Museum and Monument and the Former Navy Underground Headquarter and Peace Prayer Park (aka"Suicide Cliff").

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Posted in: Democratic Sen Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign; warns of divisions See in context

Kamela Harris hasn't even completed her term and she wants to run for President?  She has no experience or agenda.   The Democrats, have only one agenda:  "IMPEACH TRUMP!", "DEFEAT TRUMP!" 

Since the 2016 election and the 2018 mid-term elections, the Democrat party, spearheaded by Bernie Sanders, Pelosi, Harris, Ocasio-Cortz, et al, has moved the Party extreme left. Credit Bernie with making "socialism" within the Democrat Party and the media acceptable at a time when previously nobody wanted to mention the "S" word or being associated with the label. Now it's mainstream within the party. Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson must be spinning in their graves.

But to you guys at the extreme left, the center appears to be extreme right.

Alexandra Ocasio Cortez isn't eligible to run for President for another 6 years, since the Constitution requires that the President be 35 or older.

There is a growing movement to change the constitution so she CAN run for president.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/12/vox-change-constitution-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-can-run-president/

When Bernie or Hillary runs, they will probably pick Harris or AOC as running mate. Should they croak in office, AOC becomes President.....God forbid!

Anyone, ANYONE but a Republican right-wing radical, please, God.

Please, God? A leftist invoking the name of God? HAR! The leftists/liberals in the U.S., in the name of political correctness, have been trying to stamp out everything associated with "God" and even demonizing Christianity and Christian traditions. 

Anyone, ANYONE but a "Progressive-Democrat/Socialist-Democrat" left-wing radical....please, God!

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

If dropping A-bomb could save so many lives on both, how come that wasn't done at Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War in the 1st place?

How come there hasn't been Total All-Out World Wars between the U.S., Soviet Union/Russia, and China? These nations, possessing nuclear weapons, are capable of waging total war with each other, has refrained from doing so.

It is ironic that nuclear weapons, under the threat of mutual assured destruction, has actually encouraged dialog among nations capable of waging such total wars and in doing so, promoted a quasi-World Peace.

It is often overlooked that prior to 1945, the world was nuclear-free. But there was no world peace and throughout the preceding decades and centuries the world was filled with numerous all-out wars.

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Posted in: Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings See in context

Nagasaki's educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings

As long as the Japanese educators are changing the perspective on the atomic bomb, are they also educating students that Japan was also trying to develop the atomic bomb program during World War II? Are the students educated about Japan's "Ni-Go Project" and "F-Go Project"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_nuclear_weapon_program#Ni-Go_Project

https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-japan-bomb-20150805-story.html

I remember attending a Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb exhibit in the U.S. I asked the Japanese presenter (through an interpreter) whether he knew Japan was also trying to develop the atomic bomb during the war. You should have seen the shocked look of disbelief of everybody. "Impossible!", he said. "Japan is a peaceful country and would never develop weapons of mass destruction!" I told him to look up Japan's atomic bomb program. Also look up the name "Yoshio Nishina", "Ni-Go Project" and "F-Go Project".   

Evidently the history of Japan's atomic bomb program is absent from textbooks, museum and other historical sources and the evidence hidden in order to maintain the narrative of their victimhood.

There is only one truth in this bombing: The Americans committed the most disgusting sin and genocide against civilians in modern history.

Let's not forget that Imperial Japan is no stranger to bombing civilian targets. Japan also showed willingness to attack civilians, such as atrocities committed against civilians during their conquest of China. Japan even caused civilian fatalities in the US, albeit on a much smaller scale, during the attacks on Pearl Harbor and via explosives sent by balloon to the West Coast. Had Japan developed the atomic bomb and had the means to deliver it, they would have surely used it against U.S.

Then there is Japan's infamous Unit 731 and the biological and chemical warfare used on Chinese civilians, which one can argue is one of the most immoral acts committed against humanity.  

It totally depends upon just how far back they go to research the rationale behind the development and use of the weapons, and the rush by Nazi's to do the same.

Very true. It is often forgotten and overlooked that Dr. Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt warning that Nazi Germany was involved in nuclear research that could lead to the development of a very powerful bomb capable of destroying a city. That letter prompted President Roosevelt to authorize the Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb to be used against the Nazis.  But Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945 before the atomic bomb was successfully tested on 16 July 1945. The war in the Pacific was still raging on.

The bombs prevented the need to invade Japan which would have resulted in millions of dead Japanese and thousands of dead Americans. Just look at the carnage that was seen on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. An invasion would have been a blood bath. The bombs saved millions of Japanese lives as terrible as they were.

In 1959, Mitsuo Fuchida, the Imperial Japanese Navy commander who led the first wave in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, met with General Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and told him that:

"You did the right thing. You know the Japanese attitude at that time, how fanatic they were, they'd die for the Emperor ... Every man, woman, and child would have resisted that invasion with sticks and stones if necessary ... Can you imagine what a slaughter it would be to invade Japan? It would have been terrible."

(Clear Conscience: The Atom Bomb Vs. the Super Holocaust, p. 87, Raymond Davis)

Had the atomic bomb not used, the conventional means of an invasion of mainland Japan would have been necessary to end the war:  Soviet Union invading Japan from the north in August 1945 and the U.S. from the south in November 1945 and April 1946. 

There were still four million military reserves in Japan and 10,000 special attack planes preparing for the invasion.  The Japanese homeland defense plan is detailed in Operation Ketsu-Go.

https://fas.org/irp/eprint/arens/chap4.htm

https://fas.org/irp/eprint/arens/chap5.htm

Had the two atomic bombs not been used, Japan would have been completely destroyed like Okinawa with millions of military and civilian casualties and postwar Japan a divided Japan with North Japan under Soviet occupation with a DPRK-like regime and a democrat South Japan, very much like today's divided Korea.

Although many argue that the use of the atomic bomb was immoral, would forgoing using a new tactical weapon that held the promise of ending the war quickly with less casualties, instead opting for a conventional invasion knowing that such an invasion would prolong the war another year with millions more casualties and a divided postwar Japan be any less immoral?  

If the Japanese educators new thinking in helping students questioning and debating everything that culminated in the nuclear attacks near the end of World War II is earnest, then the entire picture.......Japan's military expansionism through Asia during the 1930s and early 1940s, Japan's atomic bomb program, the planned allied invasion (that never happened), Japan's Operation Ketsu-Go homeland defense plan, and the probable postwar divided Japan should be presented.

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

The Japanese immigrants had to assimilate......and become Bolianos.....

Correction: should read Bolivianos.

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

Seems most posters here believe Japanese should adapt foreigners' customs and culture instead of foreigners adapting and assimilating to Japan.

When some of my grandmother's family emigrated to Bolivia and Peru during the 1950s, did those countries bend over backwards to accomodate the new immigrants? No! The Japanese immigrants had to assimilate, learn the new language and become Bolianos and Peruvians,

Hope Japan doesn't follow U.S. example. U S, particlarly California, is so acommodating to foreigners' customs and traditions especially from Latin America that it has become a third world country.

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Posted in: More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers go on strike See in context

Union negotiators demanding 6.5% pay raise.

With SocCal inflation at 4% and U.S. national average at 2.5%, this is pure greed and extortion. How much of that 6.5% is going into union coffers? Just goes to show how teachers unions are setting good example to students.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan remain at odds over radar lock-on row See in context

Is South Korea's radar lock-on incident a retaliation to Japan's unwillingness to compromise on the comfort women issue?

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Posted in: Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian See in context

Russia is playing hardball so Japan should too with regards to a peace treaty between the two countries. In oher words, "no island return, no peace treaty." Japan's resolve to stand up to Russia and call their bluff will depend on U.S. willingness to back up Japan.

If U.S. is noncommital or fails to support Japan, what is Japan to do.

PM Abe is peobably hedging his bets that U.S. will not be willing to strongly force Russia to back down so he is taking responsible by building up Japanese navy to counter Russian navy or Chinese navy.

If Japan caves in and accept the islands as Russian territory and further agrees to a peace treaty without Russia returning the islands, this sends the wrong message and dangerous prescedent to China that Japan may be willing to abandon the Senkaku Islands and allow China to further dominate the entire China Seas region.

Then what if China, encouraged by victory claims over Senkaku, decides to renew claims on Ryukyu Islands and Okinawa? Shall Japan capitulate and accept China annexation?

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Posted in: Grisly Mexican gang battle near U.S. border leaves 21 dead See in context

Wall isn't going to stop anything in the long run. The steel pillars wouldn't even stop bullets let alone a determined person.

Build steel pillars/wall and electrify it. That will keep them from climbing it.

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Posted in: N Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year See in context

They should reunite. 

Reunite under which government leadership and ideology?   Under DPRK regime? 

Ask South Korean people whether they would be willing to reunite and live under the leadership of DPRK regime. 

But a certain country would never allow peace.

And there are two particular countries who would never allow Korea to be reunited under democratic government and aligned with the U.S. by treaty.

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Posted in: N Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year See in context

They should reunite. 

Reunite under which government leadership and ideology?   Under DPRK regime? 

Ask South Korean people whether they would be willing to reunite and live under the leadership of DPRK regime. 

But a certain country would never allow peace.

And there are two particular countries who would never allow Korea to be reunited under democratic government and aligned with the U.S. by treaty.

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Posted in: Trans-Pacific trade pact takes effect without U.S. amid protectionism See in context

The US is definitely not needed. The world does well even without it. On the contrary, it's high time to show that things run even without the self-proclaimed world police.

LOL. Until those countries needs money or their sovereignty is threatened by Russia and China. Then they will start begging for U.S. aid or intervention.

My objection to the deal was the lack of a fair way to resolve disputes, and that is the perception of many Americans.

That's probably why Trump was against it and refused to join.

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Posted in: Putin tells Trump that Moscow is open for dialogue See in context

Hopefully Trump will leave NATO and Europe will have to fend for itself. 

Agree.

Didn't Macron say that Europe should build up a European army to protect itself against all enemies, INCLUDING THE U.S.?

Sounds like West Europe and NATO doesn't need the U.S. to fend itself against Russia. Let Europe and NATO deal with Russia without U.S. interference....if that's what they really want.

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Posted in: Top Republican Graham more upbeat on Syria troop withdrawal after Trump meeting See in context

What, do you want me to start pretending I'm qualified to know the right way to do it?  Come on, I'm not Trump. 

But that doesn't change the fact that Trump will still do it the wrong way.

@strangerland, No you're not Trump, yet you and other like-minded consider yourselves to be subjectively qualified to to judge he's doing it the wrong way no matter what he does.

 If you want to know how I would do it, well, I would first put together comprehensive plans with my top advisers who are qualified. Then I would discuss it with my allies, to make sure that a vacuum is not left in the area.

After discussing a proper pullout with allies in the region, I would then work according to the advice of qualified people to pull out the troops back home.

Textbook armchair general answer. "Comprehensive plans and discussions" would take years and not fast enough for the leftist/liberals who want the U.S. out NOW. Besides, let Syria solve their own problems without US meddling. Isn't that what you want?

I'm actually really curious to see if the withdrawal actually happens. While Trump supporters support it, due to Trump supporting it,

Funny how the anti-Trumpers for years have been demanding for the US to get out. Now that Trump is giving them what they want, they're all of a sudden they're against the pullout.

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Posted in: N Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year See in context

The president of the ROK is doing all the heavy lifting and Trump supporters insist it's all their moronic idol's doing.

Still bitter that all this didn't happen while Obama was president, eh? Well, Kim didn't make any peace overtures or participated in joint activities with South Korea while Obama was president. Trump forced the doors open when his predecessors feared to open them.

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Posted in: Top Republican Graham more upbeat on Syria troop withdrawal after Trump meeting See in context

It may be the right thing, but he won't do it the right way.

So what do you consider the right way? If not immediate pullout, then what alternative? A phased long-term withdrawal? No matter which way, you'd all be blasting Trump anyway. Again, dammned if he does and dammned if he doesn't.

Funny how the anti-US folks criticizes the US for meddling in other countries' affairs and Trump decides it's time to stop being the world policemen and pulls out.....like you all wanted.

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Posted in: Okinawa-Hawaiian activist to hold rally at White House over U.S. base See in context

Maybe Kajiwara's protest will catch Trump's attention and Trump will surprise everyone (like he did with the US pullout from Syria) and issue orders to halt the Henoko base expansion and pull out ALL U.S. military forces from Okinawa. Wonder how the anti-US/anti-Trumpers will react? Favourably (akisamiyo!!!) or blast him?

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Posted in: Japan considers sending MSDF vessels to Chinese navy's fleet review See in context

What would be even funnier is if these two Asian countries' relationship improves and your own country has no excuse to send its military half way round the world stirring the pot and benefitting from other peoples' misery.

Wonder if Japan plans to send their new F-35 equipped Izumo to the review?

Would be even more funnier if the Chinese ships and overflying aircrafts "accidently-on-purpose" lock radars on the MSDF ships.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic See in context

Why do grown-ups need straws at all? Just drink your drink like an adult, for fuxache.

Well, some grown-ups, especially the invalid and the elderly with difficulty swallowing liquids has a need for straws. 

This is just another gimmicky item here that will allow the hotel chain to charge more for a drink under the guise of "saving the environment"!

Agree!   "Saving the environment" nothing more than "green greed".

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Posted in: Japan's military sees record spending: Nikkei See in context

About time Japan stepped up its spending on their military.  It doesn't mean Japan is going to start a war; it means Japan wants to be less reliant on U.S. military forces and take a more active role in protecting the region around them as they see fit.   What's wrong with that?

On the other hand, if China wants to start something, especially around the Senkaku Islands and Okinawa, that's another story. Does anybody here deny Japan the right to protect those regions?  Especially without U.S. "meddling"?

At the same time, PM Abe sees the writing on the wall:  There will be a time when U.S. military forces will be withdrawn from mainland Japan and Okinawa.  PM Abe is preparing for that day and wants to ensure Japan won't be defenseless.  These preparations takes time and better now before it's too late.

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Posted in: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached; defends payments to women See in context

He certainly has chutzpah, doesn't he? 

No doubt the democrats will keep trying until they find the right technicality to begin the impeachment process.  Partisan politics and polarization at its "best".

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