Letter bombs (10): Living in the past
Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, August 31, 2010
IN RESPONSE to the Update: Americans still ugly post, commenter Paul channels his inner conquistador and suggests that Japan should be in perpetual fealty to the United States:
Yeah, they should pay for it. They should pay to move the troops and the (Futenma) base. Any one remember how the US ended up there anyway?
Don’t hit someone and then complain when he sits on your head.
One would have thought the Americans might have found a more comfortable seat for their cellulite butt after 65 years than the Japanese head, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Many other Americans have had the same idea, among them Edwin O. Reischauer. He was the American ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966 and the man perhaps most responsible for creating scholarly interest in East Asia in that country.
George R. Packard, Reischauer’s special assistant during his service as ambassador, spoke at a symposium in Tokyo in May this year. Mr. Packard related something that Reischauer told him a few years before his death in 1990:
I never thought that the American military would stay this long in Japan, at such strength.
And that was more than 20 years ago.