Skip to comments.U.S. Response to Crimea Worries Japanís Leaders
Posted on 04/05/2014 11:02:40 AM PDT by mojito
TOKYO When President Bill Clinton signed a 1994 agreement promising to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine if it gave up its nuclear weapons, there was little thought then of how that obscure diplomatic pact called the Budapest Memorandum might affect the long-running defense partnership between the United States and Japan.
But now, as American officials have distanced themselves from the Budapest Memorandum in light of Russias takeover of Crimea, calling promises made in Budapest nonbinding, the United States is being forced at the same time to make reassurances in Asia. Japanese officials, a senior American military official said, keep asking, Are you going to do the same thing to us when something happens?
For Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for two days of talks with Japans leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Americas longstanding promise to protect Japan against hostile nations read China and North Korea has suddenly come under the microscope. The American response to the Russian takeover of Crimea, which President Obama has condemned while at the same time ruling out American military action, has caused deep concern among already skittish Japanese officials.
One Japanese official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, We are just looking for a commitment from the American side.
Obama administration officials say they stand by the American commitment to protect Japan, while refraining from explicitly stating that the United States would intervene militarily in the Senkakus dispute.
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So why are you even asking?
The Japanese need to be worried. Obama is no Nimitz.
So if Putin takes back Alaska, will Caliph Baraq draw a red line and issue a “strongly worded” statement?
Of course with Russia’s tax rates, maybe the Alaskans would welcome him?
China is building a BlueWater Navy. North Korea is playing with Nukes. Japan has an unreliable “protector”.
I see new, magnificent ships on the Pacific. Vessels with historic names, names that fought heroically in a (gladly) losing cause.
Names such as Yamato, Hiryu, Shinano, Yahagi, Shokaku and others. The U.S. Navy, though, will no longer be able to display its most famous name....ENTERPRISE.
When the United States was either Respected OR Feared, a lid was put on the world. Yes, there was agitated bubbling under the lid, but the kettle never boiled over.
Now, the lid is off the kettle and “here we go.”
If Alaska were a province of a “Washington Empire”, modeled after the Roman Empire; instead of a state in the USA — most Alaskans wouldn’t know the difference. (An impression I got from many visits, while I lived nearby.)
I can’t imagine why Japan is worrying - in case China and/or North Korea attack, Obama’s United States will continue to leave the Japanese alone to do whatever they want.
Barry has an ax to grind concerning Japanese treatment of muslims in the Philippines, Borneo, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia during the 1940s. Hussein also has an ax to grind against Japan over it’s support of the United States in its wars of aggression in Korea and Vietnam.
Some analysts and former policy makers were blunt in saying that a failure to come to Japan’s aid in a clash over the Senkakus/Diaoyu islands could spell the end of the two nations’ postwar alliance.What - they're gonna hike defense spending beyond the current measly 1% of GDP? I have my doubts. Uncle Sam's the only game in town unless the Japanese are willing to make sacrifices. The Yamato spirit isn't dormant - it's extinct.
“If Japan is attacked, and the Americans decline to respond, then it is time from the Americans to pull out” of their bases here, Mr. Miyake said. “Without those bases, America is not going to be a Pacific power anymore. America knows that.”
Obama would throw Japan under the bus quicker than you can say,So Sorry.
Probably happened when Zero said he was behind Japan 100 percent. Thanks mojito.
They pay for all the US bases in Japan so they can just re-direct that money into weapons systems.
$2b a year won't buy them a lot of equipment, and certainly not enough to offset China's massive procurement budget that is growing in leaps and bounds along with its GDP, which is why we are seeing so many new models of Chinese ships and aircraft.
Couldn't agree more. Maybe Obama sent the Moose to China to convey that same message.
$2 billion is a couple of used B2 bombers. China may be building up but Japan have the equip and the training to kicks some serious buttocks.
Japan is right to be worried. We are too.
In the absence of the alliance, what Japan needs is a nuclear triad. $2b a year doesn't even scratch the surface of what they have to develop and purchase.
The B-2's in our inventory are practically brand-new - especially compared to the B-1's and B-52's. USAF has plans for them until 2058. No way the Japanese are getting them. Besides, they'd be better off getting a dozen F-35's, which are said to be stealthier than B-2's and probably way less maintenance-intensive.
That would be the Ultimate Shock; if Putin ‘re-took’ Alaska, and Obama did nothing but make speeches between Two Ferns.
Obama would cede Alaska to Russia just to be rid of Sarah Palin. Barak has got his priorities STRAIGHT! /S
F22s would have been a better aircraft but we did not want our allies to have any and we don’t have enough. F35 is single engined and can’t carry a large payload. Japan is an island nation so they need a bird with a long reach.
They can make their own stuff. It just cost them more because they can’t export arms to bring their development costs down.
I’m pretty sure Japan already have nukes or can make them in a jiffy. They have the expertise, the fuel and the delivery systems.
Japan is like the Israel of the Far East.
Israel has only ever stomped Arabs. Japan needs to be the Japan of the Far East - the Japan that came close to conquering China before it got sidetracked into that blind alley that began with Pearl Harbor. Is the Japan that gave Uncle Sam a run for his money, for the first year or so after Pearl Harbor, more than a historical relic? We may get to find out if, in the wake of an American decision to sit out the Senkaku dispute, Japan does abrogate the treaty that binds the US to Japan's defense.
We cut off their livelihood so they went after the fleet.
Always wondered why they went after the battleships at Pearl when they knew carriers were the future.
They weren't aware that the Enterprise and the Lexington had departed Pearl on December 4 & 5 respectively to ferry aircraft to Wake Island and Midway, respectively.
Ssratoga had just completed a re-fit at the Puget Sound shipyard and was on her way to San Diego.
Those were the only three carriers in the Pacific Fleet at the time.
If you look at all their practicing and equipment it was for battleships not the carriers.
Our flattops did not have armored flight decks and they used armor piercing bombs (modified shells)
(I was at Pearl when they were filming the movie Pearl Harbor. In the movie they blew up three destroyers which were actually Japanese destroyers that were at Pearl on a port call.)
The demise of the United States of America evidenced in its failure to honor treaties.
Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Easter Europe - all are on their own... twisting in the wind. Good luck guys...
Not just eastern, but also western Europe. That’s what Zero was trying to get across to our former NATO allies with his insistence on that nuclear war “game” — “you’re on your own, and this is what will happen to you if you defy my Russian master.” His ongoing project of leaving the US with a massively cut gay military and no allies approaches fruition. And the next president will have another 9/11 to deal with. It’s the same thing that Clinton did to GW.
Japan kicked Russki ass in 1905....led to the chain of events that ultimately led to the downfall of the Czar.
"Son....you're on your own."
I'd love to know what security assurances The Ukraine was given to talk them into giving up their nukes.
No country will ever trust the US again, thanks to the usurping kenyan muzzie.
Clinton signed it, 'nuff said.