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toguroFeb. 01, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
"Maybe the USA can learn something from our Filipino amigos?? Mabuhay"
One of the main purposes of using drones for the American military is to have 0 American military deaths and 0 American military casualties. The Filipino army had 1 death and 12 casualties. Exactly what is the American military to learn from them?
Posted in: Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive
toguroAug. 07, 2013 - 08:56PM JST
"“Japan’s assertions are too unreasonable and illogical "
Aren't the two words "unreasonable and illogical" the two words that best describe North Korea?
Posted in: N Korea says Japan has crossed military 'danger line'
toguroJul. 25, 2013 - 08:18PM JST
"I read the article thank you, and btw, this isn't what Japan was thinking about when they talked about name recognition. A rookie female, no more no less, the Japanese will treat her will all due respect to her face, and then be condescending as hell behind her back.
It's obvious from this choice that Obama does not find Japan to be a high priority. Even at a time when the US is talking about (and doing it) shifting it's forces towards a more Pacific footing, the territorial disputes that Japan has with China and Korea, with Japan expecting the US to back them up. But with an ambassador that has no experience and is just a "name"?
Not a smart move in my opinion."
Who would you have liked for him to choose? Anyone in particular?
Posted in: Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan
toguroJul. 25, 2013 - 10:26AM JST
"I question Obama's mindset here. Ok great a female ambassador for a male dominated society, but one with no foreign relations experience? Particularly at a time when Japan is pushing forward with TPP and other security issues?"
As it stated in the article, Japan took it as a slight with the appointment of the last ambassador, because of the lack of name recognition and prestige. No name within politics or the Democratic party gets much bigger and better than "Kennedy" And as paulinusa commented previously, she will have a staff and caretakers..
toguroJul. 21, 2013 - 01:38PM JST
"I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice and seriously came within one storm of succeeding."
I think you're confusing China with The Mongols (Mongolia). Mongolia is hardly a friend of China.
Posted in: Japan survey ships prepare for deployment as tension with China rises
toguroJul. 15, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
"Chinese army chief of general staff General Fang Fenghui earlier said the joint drills were “not targeting any third party”, according to the official Chinese Xinhua news agency."
Sure they're not.
Posted in: Chinese naval fleet seen off northern Japan
toguroJul. 05, 2013 - 05:11PM JST
"I think all Americans who live abroad soon realize that the US government doesn't really give a shyt about us unless there is some political or military gain or purpose. You are on your own."
You don't even need to live abroad to figure that out.
Posted in: Iceland lawmakers discuss citizenship for Snowden
toguroJun. 21, 2013 - 08:31AM JST
I think Tina Fey made a better Sarah Palin than the actual Sarah Palin. LOL
Posted in: Sarah Palin back at Fox News
toguroJun. 20, 2013 - 07:11PM JST
I was totally shocked when I heard the news!! R.I.P. James Gandolfini!! You were a GREAT entertainer, and you will be missed!!
Posted in: 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini dead at 51
toguroMay. 24, 2013 - 08:46AM JST
The choice is pretty simple. If you don't want to run the risk of being killed in a drone strike, then don't consort with, or become a terrorist.
Posted in: Obama lays out guidelines for drone strikes, Guantanamo
toguroMay. 23, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
You know it's bad, when Ishihara is the "voice of reason".
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
toguroMay. 17, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
To those that want the U.S. bases and military to leave Okinawa, be careful what you wish for.
Posted in: Chinese general says Ryukyu islands do not belong to Japan
toguroMay. 06, 2013 - 08:38AM JST
Excellent comment. I totally agree with you.
Posted in: The global power vacuum is expanding
toguroApr. 30, 2013 - 08:32AM JST
Hell yes it is!!
Posted in: Is American democracy dysfunctional?
toguroApr. 23, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
"What you say about Islam may be true, however, it takes two to start a fight.
It is also important to factor into the equation the things the U.S.A. have done to incur the wrath of extremist Muslims.
Let's not forget that Iraq was invaded, hundreds of thousands killed and vast areas of cities ruined. All on based on the lie that "Hussein had WMDs and we know where they are. There are secret cadres of Islam extremists in major cities waiting to strike.""
So are you trying to say that before for the war in Iraq, there were no extremist Muslim/Islamist groups, and or individuals? That this all stems from the U.S. invasion of Iraq?
Posted in: For American Muslims, dread
toguroMar. 29, 2013 - 10:50PM JST
The time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists."
For two Hundred Dollars and a trip to downtown Tokyo, who said this famous line..?
(a) Kim Jong-Un
(c) All of the above
ANS: If you said "C" You are correct...
Posted in: North Korea puts rockets on standby for U.S. strike
toguroMar. 29, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
"If the USA nukes North Korea they will be killing an untold number of Japanese. The fallout will reach the western coast of Japan within 48 hours. Fukushima is a nothing compared to this type of event. Of course it depends on the yield and ground burst, etc."
I think you're getting a little ahead of yourself there. Quite a bit would have to happen before the U.S. would decide to nuke NK back into the stone age.
"Don't think for a moment that there isn't a message between the lines for China as well."
IMO... Other than maybe "do something to reign in your little ally before they eventually get what they've been screaming for". I don't think much of a message has been sent to China at all.
toguroMar. 25, 2013 - 11:10AM JST
"kurumazaka the Marines are made up primary of the lower uneducated class in America. In America there is a lot of dislike toward Japanese Nationals. Yes even today they want "payback" for the Pacific War. They can not get past it. "
Really? What is the "lower uneducated class in America"? To enlist in the Marine Corps, you have to score as high on the ASVAB as you do to get into the Air Force. Even higher than when I was an active duty Marine. And are you sure there are still Marines today, looking for payback from WW2? I'm 45, my grandparents are dead, and both of my parents are too young to even remember the war. Anyone my age is pretty much retired from the Marine Corps, save a few generals and a few holding the rank of Sergant Major. Do you really think anyone serving today is really looking for payback?
Posted in: Gov't submits Futenma base relocation plan to Okinawa
toguroMar. 23, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
"US bases in Okinawa are NOT here to protect Japan, apparently, but to protect American interests.
If so, you would think they would do it on their own soil.
Since 1972, Okinawa has been under Japanese administration.
China is not going to attack Okinawa or any part of Japan and NK is a joke.
China is a trading nation. Any act of direct aggression would be suicide. They would lose FAR more than they would gain. Chinese finance is so closely tied up with US and Japanese finance that it would be almost impossible. Also, there is a very large Chinese population in the U.S.A. They may be Chinese-American, but they are still Chinese and keep a contact with friends and relatives in the PRC.
While the US and Japan waste cash and energy building up the military, China is slowly and steadily investing its cash, modernising, accumulating wealth and making very visible inroads into Africa and Australia.
Therefore, I say, without the US bases, there is nothing for anyone to gain by attacking Okinawa.
The US occupied all of Okinawa until 1972 and almost one fifth of it since then.
It's time the land was returned."
Is China acting like a "trading nation" in handling the situation over the Senkakus? What leads you to believe they would react any differently over Okinawa minus the U.S. bases? Don't you think they would be handling the Senkakus situation a lot differently if the U.S. had bases on those islands?
toguroMar. 23, 2013 - 06:42PM JST
"The people of Okinawa do not want this or any of the bases. As for Red China how is America any different when they are forcing their will on others? Schopenhauer so you support oppression of local peoples? The National policy is made by outsiders both Americans and Japanese. So you are saying to be "free" we need to be occupied by a foreign power."
You really don't see the difference between the U.S. and China? Just for argument sake, let's say the U.S. did pull out of Okinawa and China were to think of Okinawa as a part of China, just like they do the Senkakus, and they decide to occupy Okinawa. Do you think the Okinawans would still have freedom of the press and the freedom to protest the Chinese bases being there? And how about the raping of Okinawans? As detestable as that is, how many PLA soldiers would be brought to justice for it, once they started doing it?
Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:15PM JST
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:10PM JST
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
mulan2: not that you care, but that in no way "clearly demonstrated my ignorance."
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:07PM JST
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