A couple of headlines recently. Amdassador Roos spoke at Waseda University, here. Roos put forth an explanation that with the Chinese military modernizing, and uncertainty about what will happen in North Korea once the thug who runs it dies, it’s in Japan’s interest for America to be in Japan.
The concern I have is, why wouldn’t this already be clear to the Japanese?
A second piece, from Stars and Stripes, is that the head of U.S. forces Japan, Lt. General Edward Rice, was to go on TV for a live interview about Futenma. (This probably aired somewhere around Okinawa. The general is from time-to-time in the news, but rarely live.) Again, it sounded like Washington was pressing the general into being a pitchman for America’s military presence in this country.
A quote from the commander of U.S. Pacific forces:
Adm. Robert F. Willard, the top military commander in the Pacific, told reporters this week that the U.S. has “a good amount of work to do” to explain the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance to the Japanese people, according to the The Associated Press.
To me, admittedly as a guy who doesn’t have to get up at 5:30 in the morning for drills, this situation is troubling. Why would we have a good amount of work to do to explain the importance of the Pacific alliance? Not because our military hasn’t been holding up its end of the bargain.
More likely, it’s because one of the two parties to it (Japan) has been taking advantage of us, of our good will, and pretending that Japan receives nothing from the U.S.-Japan military alliance.
Now our top military guys have to go dancing around like salesmen trying to make a quota, “convincing” the Japanese that it’s worthwhile to team up with America to prevent them from living in what would become one of the most militarily destablized regions in the world.