Who gets to benefit from American sacrifices overseas? (More from yesterday.)

Yesterday, I presented three maps of the Japan-China region, and ask what America’s interest is in keeping China bottled up, in the East China Sea, when its inevitable that China will want much more influence in that part of the Pacific Rim.

What is funny is that very few Americans understand that region of the world, where those border lines were more-or-less fixed about 60 years ago. They represent the Cold War era and the geopolitics of that particular time. Yes, arguably, it’s still a relevant structure for today. But, arguably, the United States could also pull back from the region and let China, Korea, and Japan figure it all out.

I can see where the current map works for those handful of Americans who have a good thing going with their own pile of wealth, where the rest of us pay to keep the map the same. But, what is in it for the rest of us?

It’s the other side of the equation to these civil rights, labor-and-contract rights issues that are talked about on the blogosphere.

If Japan has such a trouble honoring basic rules or basic decency, then why are we going through such trouble keeping the map the same? Especially, when China lends us a lot of money, and we do a lot of trade with China.

Japan is good at taking care of that small handful of influential people who pressure Washington to do what Japan wants. Wouldn’t it be better if Japan did what it should by everyday Americans?

The military map is only as solid as there is general support to keep it that way in America. Without that support, over the next 40 years, it’s likely that Japan could find itself in a whole new arrangement.

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