October 28, 2005

NAWHAT? NAWHO?:

Japan, US closer in step (Hisane Masaki, 10/29/05, Asia Times)

Japan and the United States on Saturday will sign an historic mutual-security agreement that, among other provisions, will allow for the first time an American nuclear-powered navy vessel to be based in a Japanese port.

The deal, which will be signed in Washington during a meeting of the two countries' defense and foreign ministers, will also include a strategy for overall realignment of US forces in Japan.

Earlier in the week, Tokyo and Washington struck a deal on the long-running dispute over the relocation of a key American air station in the southern Japanese island state of Okinawa, removing the biggest obstacle to the realignment agreement.


About to make the normal pedantic comment about the new Axis of Good being more important than NATO, the thought occurred: When's the last time you even heard NATO mentioned?

The central alliance of the 20th Century is now an afterthought.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2005 8:53 AM
Comments

One can hope, but you couldn't tell from the orientation of the US State Dept. or Defense Dept. Not to mention the assorted "Intrnational Affairs" institutes that continue on auto-pilot. Heck, Scowcroft, Powell, Zbig, Kissinger, etc., etc. continue to plod in the rut. A slow OODA loop is dangerous, but these guys are frozen.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 28, 2005 9:55 AM

Luciferous, it will be changed, slowly, as these guys and gals cycle out into retirement. If they really wanted to boost this along they could offer "early-outs" to a bunch of the cold war dinosaurs.

Regarding Scowcroft, et al. on the pundit circuit, one can only hope senility and the reaper will take care of them - soon.

Posted by: Mikey at October 28, 2005 10:17 AM

Luciferous:

It isn't often I see the term "OODA Loop" used properly. Where did you learn it>

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at October 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Jeff Guinn:

I worked with John Boyd for 12 years.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 28, 2005 12:03 PM
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