The New York Times published an op-ed written by Michael Auslin on November 11, 2009. According to him, the relationship between America and Japan had hit its “lowest point in years.”
President Obama was just about to make his trip to Tokyo. Auslin said the two sides must make progress on the issue of relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
“A failure to find common ground could lead both sides to feel less appetite for working with each other and more interest in reaching out to other nations in Asia, such as China,” said Auslin.
Boy was that a prophetic statement. But I think the larger issue for the alliance was deciding whether or not they would finally tell the public the truth. Our leaders decided against doing that.