- Iraq (at best, improving from a very low point, at worst, bogged down in more of the same)
- Afghanistan (simmering)
- Pakistan (potentially coming to a boil and with the U.S. threatening military incursions into the tribal areas)
- Iran (lot's of bluster, but it looks like there may be some real progress in negotiations here - but still a touchy situation)
- Mexico (mucho violence, plus the looming petroleum catastrophe described in the previous blog posting)
- Federal Debt Crisis (fugly)
With all of those issues on the table, plus the many other issues out there involving federal legislation, big changes in the nuclear weapons proliferation regime, refinery problems, electrical grid issues, etc. what did the United States Congress see fit to do?
Go out and kick a valuable ally right in the nuts over an issue six decades old.
House wants Japan apology
‘Comfort women’ resolution urges government to say it’s sorry
by Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau
(07-31) 04:00 PDT Washington -- The House passed a resolution Monday calling on Japan to finally formally apologize to tens of thousands of "comfort women" forced into World War II sex slavery, despite vigorous lobbying by the Japanese government.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, which culminated years of lobbying by the surviving women from several Asian and European countries and their supporters, passed by voice vote after about a half hour of debate in which no one spoke in opposition.
To people in the United States, the issue is just one of many obscure foreign matters on which Congress weighs in with nonbinding resolutions. But in Japan, Honda's demand for an apology 62 years after Japan's surrender has been headline news for months. It has become one of many troubles dogging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ruling Liberal Democratic Party was routed Sunday in elections for parliament's upper house...
Yes, the issue is an ugly one. That said - the Japanese have apologized before. They have paid reparations. Even if they apologize, it won't end there. There will always be a group of people who will want more.
Oh yeah - and the Japanese are major buyers of U.S. treasury products - the things that keep our bloated federal government working. What a great idea, piss off a military and economic ally over an ugly issue from two generations ago.
I wonder how the U.S. Congress would react to a Japanese Diet resolution calling for an official apology for slavery in the U.S. from the 1800's? Or demand reparations to African-Americans who lived under Jim Crow Laws?
Amazing, the blinding arrogance of power in the waning days of Empire.
"Fuck Martha Stewart! Martha's polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down, man!" - Tyler Durden