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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