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Taking Sides without Taking Sides is Taking Sides, a Definite No-No!

On Oct. 4, 2013, in a move some might consider surprising for its breach of convention, which dictates that no two government officials listed in the presidential line of succession should be abroad at the same place at the same time, secretaries of state and defense John Kerry and Chuck Hagel (respectively, 4th and 6th in line to the presidency) met with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, to convey the U.S.’s unwavering dedication to its long-standing security alliance with Japan.  If, however, this meeting, the latest in a series of diplomatic exchanges meant to demonstrate to Japan and its neighbors the U.S.’s commitment to a highly sensationalized ‘pivot’ towards Asia, was intended to empower the U.S. to reassert itself in the region, President Obama will be sorely disappointed.  This meeting will serve only to antagonize Japan’s neighbors, for, by blithely encouraging Japan to strengthen its military, the U.S. only reveals itself unable to correctly interpret the sociopolitical situation in the Far East. Read the rest of this entry

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