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Trump's Ignorant Comments About Japan Were Bad Even for Him

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Before arriving in Japan, Mr. Trump had reportedly been musing about withdrawing the US from the security treaty with Japan signed in 1951( revised in 1960) — the cornerstone of the alliance between the US and Japan and a pillar of American foreign policy. On Wed asked about the treaty on Fox News, Mr. Trump sneered, “If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III.” Then he added: “But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television.”Mr. Trump’s comment demonstrates a strategic cluelessness and historical ignorance that would disqualify a person from even a modest desk job at the State Department.'

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As the article states: "What could Mr. Trump possibly hope to gain from his ignorant, ungrateful and antagonistic behavior? He is unlikely to withdraw from the security treaty. Yet by questioning the alliance with Japan, Mr. Trump encourages North Korea and a rising China to test that bond. His words undercut an essential alliance for no evident reason and erode the stability of a strategic region torn by rivalry."

"And we are all so used to it by now that it barely registers."

Submitted on Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 1:31:43 AM

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