I recently spent eight months on Okinawa teaching history at the U.S. bases there. It convinced me that the United States is wasting billions of dollars a year in Japan--among other places.
I watched the election of Hatoyama, and the election of a mayor in Ginowan opposed to U.S. bases in Okinawa. It inspired me to write a novel dealing with the subject. I entitled it "Ghosts of Empire."
It's about two fatal events on Okinawa that threaten to derail negotiations for a new Status of Forces Agreement.
My hope is that through fiction some Americans will wake up to the pointlessness of U.S. foreign policy in Asia, a policy that is as absurd as it is wasteful of American treasure.
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