Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An Alliance Larger Than One Issue

The New York Times published an op-ed written by Joseph Nye on January 6, 2010. In that article, Nye argued that America should not pressure Japan on the issue of relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

“Sometimes Japanese officials quietly welcome ‘gaiatsu,’ or foreign pressure, to help resolve their own bureaucratic deadlocks,” said Nye. “But that is not the case here: if the United States undercuts the new Japanese government and creates resentment among the Japanese public, then a victory on Futenma could prove Pyrrhic.”

I wonder why America did not follow his advice.


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