The lack of logic and astounding overreach the Trump administration is taking will isolate America from its allies and open historic inroads to America's rivals in the region. It's a travesty at the criminal level.
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When the Honmaru Goten was rebuilt at Kumamoto Castle some 140 years after it was burnt in the Seinan War, I was fortunate to be tasked with translating the visitors guide to English. Finding appropriate terminology for its many traditional features was a challenge. I thank my predecessors, who prepared similar guides for other unreconstructed castles, for their vocabulary. Honmaru Goten was built with materials and methods as close to the original as possible and is not accessible to handicapped.
I appreciate both sides of the argument and the thoughtfulness of the comments above. Me, I'd go traditional, though I also wonder if it's possible to install an elevator in such a wooden building, even if single-occupancy (wheelchair + aid) and if not to the top stories.
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Better than lying to kids is to express questions regarding the vastness of human uncertainty, postulate ones own theories, and emphasize that they'll have to eventually formulate their own. Beats the hell out of a binary answer regarding Santa Claus.
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I'm in California now. You might imagine how on occasion I entertain myself. But I would never risk it in Japan. It will remain a deportable offense until the instant it isn't.
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...our allies around the world, which in the Middle East are Israel and Saudi Arabia
True - but, particularly in the Middle East, today's ally is tomorrow's foe. In such a situation, burning bridges is unwise.
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I know people like Trump, those whose view is incapable of perceiving shades of gray. The fault often affects personal relationships to an extent that disinterested observers often perceive as irrationality bordering on insanity. Trump's personal relationships - particularly with his estranged daughter, Tiffany - bear this out. Once you're on the bad side of this type, there is no getting back.
So: No moves towards a solution, only further solidification of hardline positions on both sides as long as Trump remains president. Trump's successor will have a hell of a mess to deal with.
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Two decades ago, I received a Nerf football as a Christmas gift that had been eviscerated by Japan Post. Over the years, though, they've learned to trust me.
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The other Presidents lied, Trump didn’t.
As the other presidents applied the wise caveat, "Once Jerusalem's status has been finalized," they did not lie. But then, Bonespurs Trump has promised not to involve America in further overseas conflicts. He'll simply stick others with the pain of resolution - just as he's always done.
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Now the EU has no Paris Accord by the way, because they cant agree on the contents, who is exempt or not and who will pay for it.
The Paris Accord is fine. No signatory denies its necessity; nuts and bolts of implementation are under discussion. Meanwhile, seventeen states representing over a third of the US car market have filed suit against Trump's efforts to annul their right to set CAFE (average car fuel efficiency standards) at levels higher than what Washington requires - and they'll likely win. The point is that Trump is rapidly running into the wall of reality, that he can't just wave his hands or cut a check to Cohen, to solve his problems. The world moves on, with or without him. And he is simply a vit player in the NK negotiations.
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TPP, Paris Accord, Iran deal, all gone.
Actually, all three are continuing just fine under the guidance of remaining signatories. Historians will look back at this period as the point when they learned that America is not, in fact, indispensable. Not that that's not entirely bad; it's just very unMAGAesque.
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Ossan - agreed: This has Xi written all over it. Drastic curtailment of NK-Sino trade combined with the seriously dangerous deterioration of NK's nuclear test facility (an resulting Chinese pressure) has brought Kim to this point, not anything American. As such, to look for a likely result is to look at the minimal requirements China has probably already dictated. Trump's summit is a sideshow, and that is partly due to Trump's haste in exacerbating relations with Iran. Kim knows the US cannot withstand two wars at once so will wait it out.
Ironic: Trump's on the verge of releasing a country which has developed nukes in order to punish one that has not.
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So is the husband supposed to be a mind-reader?
Yes. And any good wife, too. Times are emotions are too complex to put into words. That's the magic of marriage, in both its joy and torturousness.
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We celebrate success.
Prediction: Kim keeps his nuclear weapons and missiles and, in exchange for incremental American withdrawal from the peninsula, promises not to flaunt them. Again, I'm not saying this is necessarily bad. It just depends on how you define "success."
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I seriously doubt "making a better life for the people of NK" has ever broached Trump's consciousness. He's never been known for his concern of the welfare of others, as even you must admit. He just wants to cut and run - something he is well known for. Again, I'm not saying it's necessarily bad; however, it has zero to do with the welfare of anyoneb ut Trump.
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Its pretty clear the lib/leftys on this site are terrified the summit will be successful!
Yeah. Well, it's pretty clear where Trump is going with this: to disengage with NE Asia. Kim's no fool. He'll come up with a bone of sufficient face-saving size to toss at Trump, and as long as Trump gets the okay from the adults in his retinue, he'll snatch at it. I'm not saying this is necessarily bad. I am just saying that any president over the last few decades could have done the same. The only reason they didn't is because they had principals.
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Why are Iranian forces in Syria??
Shia. Iran is intent on reestablishing its regional cultural dominance. Sunni states may object, but as they lack the same level of vehemence, there's not much they can do.
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"We don' need no stinkin' credentials."
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on Tuesday that Boeing’s license for plans to sell $20 billion worth of aircraft to Iran has been revoked.
Iran could - and very likely might - arrange for alternative Airbus planes financed by oil sales in Euros through government-backed banks able to withstand US pressure. And they will be internationally applauded for it. #MAGA
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Plans are being made, relationships are building, hopefully a deal will happen and with the help of China, South Korea and Japan a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone.
For once, Trump has managed to produce a sentence (probably scripted) that I can agree with - except for the likelihood that the bulk of the US military in NE Asia will find itself in the ME rather than stateside.
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There is no penalty for not making any efforts.
Unless you're running for Japanese public office - then, it would be a big problem. Australia and Japan are both a bit silly with this. Funny enough, the only US equivalent is the president, who must be a "born American citizen," though exactly what that means remains unclear.
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...depending on how many other countries fall in line with Washington.
Historically foolish. Trump is putting the dollar in danger.
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Cool. If they can all knock off the pettiness, NE Asia can finally enter the 21st century.
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Trump breaking agreements is Trumpism. Just ask any of his former contractors - or, more pertinently for Mueller, his lenders.
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If not to be a mouthpiece, why the hell did they hire him?
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If he can get their GDP to exceed that of Texas they’ll be on a roll.
Russia already (barely) exceeds Texas in GDP, bunched up with Canada and Australia - but per capita, it's in the ranks of Mexico and Italy. They might consider making things that others want to buy under an economic system that makes that possible.
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I thought Giuliani was brought in to deal with Trump's Russia woes, not some penny-ante FEC issue. Instead, Trump is calling "Closer... closer...." as Giuliani plays blind man's bluff with the truth when Trump could end this in a second if he told truth to the camera.
Lordy, if this is how they handle Stormy, God help them when Mueller releases his report.
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Show me any successful Russian protest that didn't snowball into revolution.
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It's not about safety; it's about authority.
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They don't have guns. They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital. They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital. Knives, knives, knives, knives.
The 25th Amendment includes a section regarding impeaching a president for mental instability. That's the point we're at.
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