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Caroline Kennedy Likely Choice for Ambassador to Japan

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The New York Times and a number of other sources indicate that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, is a likely choice as the next ambassador to Japan. Ms. Kennedy, who is best known in the light of her father’s presidency, is an attorney and an author. She was a chairwoman of President Obama’s primary election campaign. Her current book is a collection of children’s poetry.

In the political world, ambassadorships are often gifts granted for services rendered, or as tokens of esteem. These ambassadorships are often to nations of the world where any important economic, political, or military activity is unlikely. We feel compelled to view Ms. Kennedy’s appointment as one such gift.

But Japan is involved in ongoing global issues with considerable importance, and the world has seldom been as close to nuclear confrontation as it is now. North Korea is poised to act at the slightest provocation, and the United States seems intentionally provocational. We have flown military planes over the disputed Korean peninsula, and these planes dropped, as photos confirm, incendiary “practice bombs.” At one point the American people were told only leaflets were being being dropped. Many of the planes were flown to South Korea from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

Most discerning Americans may agree that if not for the presence of China, and to a lesser extent, Russia, real bombs would have been dropped. It is a foregone conclusion that military targets, missile launching sites, nuclear refinement facilities would probably have been eliminated.

But, is there a connection to these brooding issues with Japan? Pentagon spokesman Lt. Jack Miller provided a connection with this remark, “We are firmly committed to defending the Republic of Korea and Japan.” In like tone, James Hardy, Asia Pacific Editor for IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, wrote, “From what we know of its existing inventory, North Korea has short- and medium-range missiles that could complicate a situation on the Korean peninsula and perhaps reach Japan.” Additional news and opinion outlets agree, “Despite threats by North Korea to turn the US into a ‘sea of fire’” South Korea and Japan would be more concerned. Both countries are well within known North Korean missile range.” India’s Zeenews published this line of print, “North Korea’s patron and sole major ally China was quick to urge calm from all sides Tuesday.”

After their plans became known, Pakistan and China finally revealed that they are holding clandestine military drills, and that China is making substantial efforts to increase Pakistani nuclear capacity. On March 25, China News informed the people of China that China and Russia are developing plans to engage the United States militarily if tensions in the East China Sea provoke the United States to strike China.

It may be worthy of discussion that the US, to some small degree, is exaggerating the North Korean threat. Last week, The UK Daily Star repeated Kim Jong Un’s carefully worded statement, in which he described a “need to destroy and wipe away any enemy who lands on their coast through strong firepower and ordered the soldiers of the heroic Korean People’s Army to display their mettle in the great war against the enemies.”

President Obama has not always seen fit to select the best possible candidate for various governmental offices. While the Democrats (and some Republicans) insist that Secretary of State Clinton was a great secretary of state, a potential American president, there are those who don’t agree; who feel that her lack of comprehension of some issues added to world tensions. Now Obama is about to award an ambassadorship to Caroline Kennedy. At another time, that might be a sensible selection. If we consider the clashes and possible issues in the East, there must be some more battle-tempered individual for the position.

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  • Dr Dreadful

    Continuing on your misogynistic bender, I see, John…

  • roger nowosielski

    Can’t help but to agree, Dreadful, wishing I didn’t have to. Especially the reference to Hillary.

    Whatever one can say of Ms Clinton, one can never accuse her of not being an astute person.

  • roger nowosielski

    But as they say, this is a man’s world.

    (The link to James Brown’s video didn’t go through.)

  • John Lake

    While I did include some very important links here, I’m sure I didn’t link to anything James Brown (the King of Soul?) ever did or said. I believe Roger has made his posting on the wrong thread.

  • roger nowosielski

    @3

    Not really, John.

  • Dr Dreadful

    Roger, while the heavy irony of that song probably isn’t lost on you, I suspect it flew at a high altitude over John’s head long ago…

  • roger nowosielski

    Must have, Dreadful. In any event, it’s either above or below the radar.

  • John Lake

    Any Cambridge scholar worthy of his salt may see the errors in some of the foregoing reasoning. I am not attacking the idea by belittling the thinker; I just mean what I write.
    I am not of a misogynistic bend. I actually believe that Secretary Clinton, and woman in general, are going to have difficulty dealing with diplomats in Eastern locations because many of them, as do the Muslims, have a substantially different view of woman.
    The Media tells us what we feel and believe. They are slow to be critical, particularly of women. If they favor Secretary Clinton we agree. If they oppose her, soon we are in opposition.
    We must read between the lines, study stories as they are breaking, before the PC specialists take over. We must study foreign publications. Modern translators make that an easy task.
    More of less irrelevant to the importance or unimportance of the Japanese ambassadorship, I point out and substantiate the fact that the Chinese people think we may make a preemptive strike on them, in response to tensions in the East China Sea. North Korea is actually an ally with China; North Korea designs and builds weapons for China. We can’t make foolish strikes without the UN, and assume that China will stand idly by.
    The article points out that Japan is an easy target for Kim Jong Un’s missiles. So clearly we need an ambassador who has majored at say, Harvard, in Japanese culture and speaks the language.
    Obama has not been himself lately. He spends his time flying around. His wife looks foolish on talk shows.
    Obama makes bad choices. Consider Rahm Emanuel; if you lived in Chicago, you’d see that right away.
    Women are great, but their place is in the home. (tee hee!!)

  • roger nowosielski

    I don’t think Margaret Thatcher fits your depiction, John. Of course she was a PM and could afford not to be diplomatic. An English bulldog is a better description for her.

  • Deano

    I don’t think Caroline Kennedy or Hillary Clinton would have any issues at all in dealing with Japan based on their gender. To the Japanese they would be “gaijin” first (foreigners) and any subsequent gender issues would be way down the list. They would be representative of the role for which they were selected, and the Japanese government would recognize the importance of the role/position over any other consideration, as they have with Sec. Clinton when she served.

    The rest of this is just sexist nonsense.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    John –

    I am not of a misogynistic bend. I actually believe that Secretary Clinton, and woman in general

    That’s sorta like saying “I’m not a racist, but black people in general….” Get my point? Sure you do.

    You are ill-served by your misogynistic outlook, and your premise that women can’t lead and lead well because of the misogynistic cultures of the world is easily disproved by one of the greatest monarchs in world history, and certainly the greatest in English history: Queen Elizabeth.

    Do you really think the world was less misogynistic then than now? If you do, any Cambridge scholar worthy of his or her salt would set you straight in seconds flat. If you wanted to say that she didn’t have to deal so much with Eastern or Islamic cultures, I could simply point you to another of England’s greatest monarchs – Queen Victoria – who certainly did have to deal with those cultures…because everything her ambassadors did in their dealings with Eastern and Islamic cultures was done in her name and those other rulers had to know it.

    So lay off the chauvinism, please. I know, I know, you really aren’t chauvinist, it’s just that ‘women in general’….

  • Dr Dreadful

    In light of today’s news, I do look forward to John’s response to Roger’s #9…

  • John Lake

    I made some comment as to Baroness and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s passing within moments of having heard the sad news. It was on a thread of comments following Victor Lana’s headlined article about NK. Nils, Dread, Cindy and some others were actively writing at that time, and I wondered if they were aware of the news.

  • Dr Dreadful

    In foreign policy Mrs Thatcher was unsubtle but effective. Her opposition to European Common Market (as it was then) expansion was notorious. Successive leaders of France and Germany especially loathed her, and would have loved not to have to deal with her, but her insistence that Britain’s voice (or rather, hers) would be heard left them with no option. François Mitterrand once said of her that she had “the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe”.

    Significantly, the two foreign leaders with whom she clicked the most were the two with whom it was most important that she did so: Reagan and Gorbachev.

  • John Lake

    #14 Dr. D.
    There you have a great start for an article which could bring interest and information to readers in America, and the UK.

  • John Lake
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