Japan is down. It is really from Three days ago, President Obama vowed to stand by its longtime ally Japan. Today, the press is filled with American criticism of Japanese handling of the nuclear emergency. So, how does Obama stand by an longtime ally? By undermining its government credibility and sowing fear amongst its population. To paraphrase the great Augustus, “It is better to be Obama’s pig, than his ally.”
The administration disagrees publicly and unjustifiably with the Japanese reading of the numbers and the instructions its gives its own people.
“There’s a big difference between Americans in Japan and Japanese in Japan right now. And that’s that the Americans in Japan can go home,” Acton said. Over half a million Japanese are homeless, displaced and “Japanese authorities have to factor that into their plans,” he said.”If they extend the evacuation zone and evacuate more people but they’re not able to feed those people or shelter those people, then it’s probably better for those people to stay where they are and inside their houses — which is actually better radiation protection than it might first appear.”
It is too early to tell who is right. One thing is clear, Japanese officials are not likely to forget soon the loss of face Americans were so eager to inflict on them.
For more, see my History News Network blog Deja vu
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