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      soryang
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      Tim Shorrock

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      mrdmk
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      It is at the end of the piece the connection between the (Right-wing) Japanese Government, Washington D.C. and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (Unification Church i.e. the Moonies) are made.

      The two links below are (1) hot link to the O.P.’s article, (2) Wikipedia link to the Moonies and their history:

      LINK–Shorrock Files, Who Was Shinzo Abe

      LINK–Wikipedia, Unification Church

       

      He is another piece of the puzzle, people here in the U.S. are not aware that Japan recently rewrote the Japanese Constitution to expand the Japanese Military. In short, the Japanese Military went from a defensive force to protect the Japanese Islands to a force which can be used in foreign adventures. Namely, used as a threat to China.

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        soryang
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        THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

        November 11, 2022 at 13:10 JST

        https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14765801

        Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches.

        The biennial “Keen Sword” drills kicked off at a Japanese air base in southern Japan and were also held at multiple other locations in and around Japan. They will run through Nov. 19.

        About 26,000 Japanese and 10,000 American troops, as well as 30 vessels and 370 aircraft from both sides, are to participate in the drills, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry. Australia, Britain and Canada will also join parts of the drills, it said…

        Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, citing worsening security in the region, has pledged to substantially increase Japanese military capability and possibly allow pre-emptive strike capability to attack enemy missile launch sites from afar. The plans are expected to be included in a revised national security strategy and mid- to long-term defense guidelines later this year.

        A move to develop strike capability is a major shift for Japan’s self-defense-only principle…

        Everyone is getting onboard with the US with respect to the preventive strike/first strike against North Korea. What could possibly go wrong? To put this Japanese defense policy in the current geopolitical context:

        Biden and Xi meeting

        The massive US led military exercises in the Pacific, and the largest military exercises in the Korean theater were supposed to show China and North Korea, respectively, who’s boss in the East. Predictably they had little impact on the two major issues Taiwan and North Korea.

        There’s little reason for China to be forthcoming with regard to any US requests to “restrain North Korea.” The situation resembles the environment in 1950, when there was talk of Chiang Kai-shek conducting some kind of offensive on the mainland (from Taiwan) and a related concern that the PLA would attack Taiwan; this while the US stooge in South Korea Syngman Rhee tried to convince the US to reunify Korea (by force). If China doesn’t get some real concessions from Biden on Taiwan and perhaps on trade issues, there is little incentive for them to restrain Kim Jong-un. US and South Korean escalation of threats and complete dismantling of the Singapore agreement has only led to escalating tensions about to approach the “fire and fury” level when and if North Korea takes the last step by conducting a nuclear test. The idiot defense minister of South Korea basically issued an ultimatum to North Korea last week in Defense Secretary Austin’s presence, saying that if the North conducted a test, it would be met with an overwhelming response which would remove the North Korean regime. This is a reference to the ill conceived South Korea/US decapitation strategies of attacking North Korea to remove its leadership.

        There are basically two preemptive decapitation strike scenarios, one conventional, and the other nuclear with either a B-61-12 or a W76-2 warhead. During the fire and fury crisis with Trump and North Korea even right wing experts on the situation in North Korea, such as Victor Cha, and Thae Yong Ho, have warned against preemptive military attack on North Korea as a means to resolve the denuclearization stalemate.

        I don’t think most Americans are aware of just how serious this situation is. Why civilian leadership can’t see that the advice coming from the Indo-Pacific Command, Stratcom, and so called experts in the State Dept is leading the US and its allies down a path toward war. All the show of force demonstrations against North Korea thus far have had the exact opposite result from the alleged intended effect- the North Koreans are firing more missiles than ever. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another ICBM test launch by North Korea or even a nuclear test as the next likely response, not because they are evil, but because they are not ever going to submit to US/South Korean military intimidation. An ICBM test would be an intermediate response they could take to buy time and save face, to let the war of nerves go on a little longer.

        I’ve written elsewhere about the likely catastrophic outcomes of conventional or nuclear preemptive strikes against North Korea. This is something that South Korea’s President Yoon appears to think is a potentially viable option. He is an incompetent fool with no military or diplomatic training or experience. The virtue of former President Moon and his intelligence and other national security advisors was that they wouldn’t concede to the unreasoning hostility of the US toward North Korea and preferred diplomacy, which Trump’s national security advisors ultimately sabotaged.

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          mrdmk
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          The person who single handily sabotaged Trump’s negotiations with North Korea and China was John Bolton. My belief is Trump had no idea who Bolton was. It was the Republican Party who told Trump to hire Bolton, who went behind his bosses back to become a one-man jerk to the world. By the time Trump had enough of Bolton, it was too late, the damage was done. This just shows how naive Trump is about the people who hang around Washington, D.C. Now Bolton is a media darling with the support of the Democrats. There was a time when Bolton could not get a job in Washington because of the Democrats, but that has all changed.

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            soryang
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            @mrdmk I followed these events closely for years. My opinion is that while Bolton was the point man in the movement to sabotage negotiations with the north, the entire MICIMATT institutional complex was behind him. They had been ridiculing Trump’s overtures toward North Korea from his very first initiatives, and were vehemently opposed to them. The entire US security architecture in northeast Asia, USFK, UNC, the Indo-Pacific Command, the alliance with Japan and South Korea and the associated huge military basing structure in South Korea, Japan, and Okinawa rest chiefly on the “threat from North Korea,” and the failure to bring the Korean War conflict to an end by normalizing relations with North Korea and concluding a peace treaty.

            (on edit) I need to add that Trump’s contemporaneous utterance at the time of the staged walk out from the Hanoi summit, “sometimes you gotta walk,” indicates that Trump did this intentionally thinking this sort of approach recommended by Bolton, was an effective bargaining technique which would give him more leverage. This reflects a complete misapprehension on his part of North Korean history and their psychology as a people victimized by the genocidal tactics of first Japan, and then the US. I also got the distinct impression, he thought it was a good cop bad cop routine that he could capitalize on at a next summit when he could pretend again that he was the “good guy.” Frankly, Trump didn’t have the guts to stand up to the MIC.

            Pompeo and Stephen Beigun went along with Bolton’s scheme as old hands who know which way the wind blows in DC.

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      He was a Japanese comprador, a loyal vassal of the US Empire.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #497993
      soryang
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      I had posted a couple of blog pieces on Abe and the historical tradition he comes from:

      SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019
      Sinzo Abe: Making Japan Great Again
      https://civilizationdiscontents.blogspot.com/2019/08/sinzo-abe-making-japan-great-again.html

      WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019
      Coming to Terms with Japanese Imperialism- Then and Now
      https://civilizationdiscontents.blogspot.com/2019/08/coming-to-terms-with-japanese.html

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