Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tough Times For Diplomacy In Post - WikiLeaks World

Reuters published this article on January 30, 2011.

The World Economic Forum held a forum on WikiLeaks . The article is a recap of what happened at that event. Reuters reported that governments had been "profoundly spooked" by Cablegate.

"This has deeply shaken every U.S. foreign service officer and every ambassador," said one former U.S. diplomat.

I typed that quote into my spreadsheet of information. Next to the quote, I wrote the following note: Maybe I need to start looking through the cables more carefully. After I wrote that quote, I remember my government "telling" me something like, "Maybe you need to read what you've written more carefully." I took this to mean that what I had been writing was in the unreleased cables. Of course, as of yet, I have not made an appearance in those cables, at least not that I can find. On the other hand, WikiLeaks has only released a handful of the cables from the embassy in Tokyo. Had they released all of those cables, I might have made an appearance. I am very disappointed that WikiLeaks has not released those cables. I was hoping to make an appearance. But more importantly, I want to learn the truth.

At the forum, one European official said the incident had destroyed America's reputation for keeping a secret. This seems laughable, to say the least. America has released classified information as leverage against other nations for as long as I can remember. For a foreign official to say such a thing implies one of two things. Either that official is stupid, or he is not being honest. Ironically, at the forum, some officials from Europe and Asia said they would be a lot less frank with America after Cablegate. But from what I've seen, those cables haven't shown a whole lot of honesty from anyone. In other words, it's not like they were honest before WikiLeaks came along.

I am writing this post on May 6, 2011. If my memory is correct, Reuters altered this article somewhat since the original publish date.

If I remember correctly, the original article stated explicitly that Richard Haass, a former member of the National Security Council, believed that Cablegate had not harmed America while citizen journalism did make things difficult for people in his line of work. The new version of the article hints at this conclusion but doesn't state it explicitly. If I am right, this could be significant because I believe that Haass was referring to what I've been writing when he mentioned citizen journalism.

The other thing that has changed, if my memory is correct, is that the original version explicitly said that it was a European government (I forget which one, I think it was in Scandinavia), who tried to have a public discussion about policy on one of their websites. I believe the original article stated that an official from that country said that experiment had not worked out so well. This omission is significant as it removes the fact that a European government had argued, basically, against democracy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

My brother and I go to eat at Yummy Grill Sushi

At 2:45 PM, my brother sent me an email asking me when I wanted to meet up with him. If I remember correctly, I called him soon after he sent that email. Because I was not feeling good, my brother took a taxi to my apartment. From there, we went to have dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. Because I was not feeling well, we did not discuss what was happening to me.

Earlier in the day, shares of TiVo and Vonage fell significantly. TiVo shares fell 40 cents, from $9.76 to $9.36. Vonage shares dropped 12 cents, from $3.30 to $3.18. However, after the weekend, on Monday, the shares of both companies returned to about the same level they had on January 27, before they had their one day slide. Shares of Vonage rose 10 cents to $3.28. Shares of TiVo rose 31 cents to $9.67.

Subsequently, my government “told” me that they lowered the prices of those two stocks to pressure me into not telling my brother the truth. After I failed to convince my brother that my government was doing something to me, my government raised the prices of Vonage and TiVo shares to close to their previous level.

Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

On January 28, the Daily Telegraph published an article about one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. That cable described how America had supported the people behind the protests that would eventually overthrow the Mubarak regime.

This article shows that America has, once again, helped overthrow another government. Perhaps the Daily Telegraph published this article because Britain wanted to place the responsibility for the uprising on America.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My brother agrees

My brother wrote the following response.
Food sounds good. Our schedule is tbd however. I'll call you tomorrow?

Brent

I respond to my brother's email

I wrote the following response to my brother.
Maybe just for food. Is there something you wanted to eat?

Davos Annual Meeting 2011 - William J. Clinton

At the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab interviewed President Clinton on January 27, 2011. During the interview, President Clinton practically admitted that the Democrats threw the 2010 midterm elections. According to him, they “forgot” to come with a message for that election and they even “forgot” to spend the money they raised for the campaign.

“In 2010, for reasons I will never understand, the Democrats reverted to the strategy of 1994, raised $1.6 billion and didn’t spend even 10% of it to tell the American people what they had done, what they intended to do, and what the differences were,” said President Clinton.

The Democrats “needed” to lose the election because America “needed” the Republicans to come in and shrink the budget deficit. Apparently, we couldn’t get the Democrats to do that. President Clinton basically admitted that America needed to cut its budget deficit because it could no longer finance it.

“Now, we borrow the money from our trading partners and we are aggravating the global imbalances and the capital flows when we do that,” said President Clinton.

President Clinton admitted that the political situation in America was in a sorry state and offered some advice on how to fix it.

“What I think America needs as much as anything else is to stop conducting its politics in a parallel universe divorced from reality with no facts,” said President Clinton.

As an example of this parallel universe, President Clinton cited Michele Bachmann who claimed that America had the greatest health care system in the world.

“That is factually untrue,” said President Clinton. “You can get the best health care in the world in America if you’re Bill Clinton or David Gergen or Turki Faisal but that’s not the same as having the best system that is working for everybody.”

President Clinton noted that America spent $1 trillion more per year on health care than other countries and no one even talked about that during the election.

“I listened to a zillion debates on health care and nobody in the press ever said, ‘Well, what about the cost of continuing the status quo,’” said President Clinton. “We’re spending 17.2% of our income on health care and none of our nearest competitors are near 10.5%.”

In the interview, President Clinton predicted the upcoming debt ceiling debate, which proves that the whole thing was political theater to begin with.

“The conservatives and the Tea Party will probably try to force the President and the Democrats to accept basically the obliteration of the future budget of the federal government and our obligations to the world, to the AIDS program, and other things or they’ll say we won’t vote to raise the debt limit,” said President Clinton. “And then one side or the other will blink. Or they both will and then we’ll get through that. Then we’ll fight some more. Then if we’re lucky it will be like it was with Newt Gingrich and me and Bob Dole and we’ll start working together and do good things for America. But we’re going to have to put up with a little blood on the floor and a little uncertainty and a little of both sides playing chicken for a while.”

President Clinton appears to hope that the Obama administration will be a repeat of his administration. But he should know that history does not repeat itself. Just ask Larry Summers.

When asked whether or not America was in decline, President Clinton answered that he did not know what the future would hold, though he insisted our fate would be determined by what we decided to do now.

“You go all the way back to the Sumerian civilization you’ll see that every successful civilization builds institutions that work, that lift it to greatness, and lifts its talented people up and reward people for their productive efforts,” said President Clinton. “Then, if you look at everyone of those countries or the Roman Empire you see at some point all those institutions that benefited people get long in the tooth, they get creaky, the people running them become more interested in holding on to their relative power than advancing the purpose for which the institution was established. The people who are their constituents become more interested in holding on to present benefits than putting a little of it at risk to build a better future for our children and our grandchildren. That’s where we are now in the public and private sector.”

“I’m still with where Winston Churchill was when the British press baited him about America and his buddy Roosevelt not coming into World War II and he said America always does the right thing after exhausting ever other alternative,” said President Clinton.

I am still waiting. The right thing to do would be to tell the world the truth, but it doesn’t seem like America has any interest in doing that.

My brother comes to visit me

My brother wrote me the following email.
Hi Mark,

I’m going to be in Vegas from tonight until Saturday afternoon. Staying at the Golden Nugget. We get in kind of late tonight, but did you want to meet up tomorrow for food or just to hang out?

Brent

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Still Going in Circles

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
Among the protesters in Egypt is a group called the April 6 Youth Movement. According to one of the documents leaked by WikiLeaks, that group has connections to the U.S. government. That implies that the American government is involved in the demonstrations in Egypt. If so, it wouldn't be the first time the West has done something like this.

Three decades ago a wave of protests forced the Shah of Iran into exile in the Iranian Revolution. After he left Iran, the Shah blamed America for his ouster.

“I did not know it then – perhaps I did not want to know – but it is clear to me now that the Americans wanted me out,” said the Shah of Iran. “Clearly this is what the human rights advocates in the State Department wanted.”

The Shah had good reason to believe this. Before his ouster, America pressured him to release a large number of dissidents from his jails. Upon release, those dissidents immediately sought to overthrow him.

The West probably wanted to overthrow the Shah for several reasons. Iran is a large country in the Middle East with an abundance of natural resources. If the West continued to allow Iran to develop, Iran could become powerful and a threat to its neighbors. In the western theory of international relations, that is something should be prevented. Staging a revolution would send Iran back to the stone ages and would sever its ties to the West and would therefore cut off western support to Iran. Removing that support – particularly economic support – could prevent Iran from growing more powerful.

Instability in Iran pushed up oil prices and led to the 1979 oil shock. Once again, an oil shock would disrupt the Japanese economy. That isn’t the only similarity to the first oil shock. The first oil shock happened soon after Nixon went to China and Japan normalized its relations with China. The second oil shock happened at about the same time that America normalized its relations with China. But after America normalized its relations with China, there was no reason for maintaining the Cold War. The West created the Cold War to separate China and Japan. With both countries enjoying normalized diplomatic relations with each other and with the West, the reason for the Cold War had ended. But the West still had to do something about the Soviet Union.

On September 14, 1979, Hafizullah Amin staged a coup in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union believed Amin was an American agent. After all, Amin went to school at Columbia University. Not surprisingly, the people of Afghanistan didn’t like Amin any more than the Soviet Union did.

“Amin is the reincarnation of Joseph Stalin,” said one Kabul resident.

The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to overthrow Amin and install its own government. After the Soviets invaded, we started to supply weapons to a group of Islamic fundamentalists to fight the Soviets. Note that an Islamic fundamentalist regime in neighboring Iran would probably aid the Islamic fundamentalist rebels fighting in Afghanistan. That’s another reason why the West would have preferred an Islamic regime in Iran. The war in Afghanistan would help bring an end to the Soviet Union. In an interview after the Cold War ended, Zbigniew Brzezinski offered this justification for what the West did.

“What is most important to the history of the world?” asked Brzezinski. “Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”

On January 27, 2011, Bill Clinton gave an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During the interview, President Clinton recited the famous quote given by Winston Churchill, who said that Americans always do the right thing after they’ve exhausted all the other options. He went on to say that he hoped America would soon get past the exhaustive phase and move on to doing the right thing. Given what’s going on in Egypt, it seems like America will try stay in the exhaustive phase for as long as it can.

“What I think America needs as much as anything else is to stop conducting its politics in a parallel universe divorced from reality,” said Clinton.

I am still waiting.
Amazingly, the day after I posted this, both Vonage and TiVo shares rose exactly 1 cent. Although my government may not have liked certain parts of this article, I am sure they really, really, really liked the last sentence, “I am still waiting.” That is exactly what they want me to do – wait for them to do something right. Of course, if I do that, I will have to wait an eternity, which is what they want. Meanwhile, they can continue to kill people and rip people off. Obviously, I need to stop waiting and start doing…something.

Since January 12, when Vonage shares hit $3.26, their price remained remarkably stable. The highest they went was $3.33. The lowest they went was $3.17. TiVo shares remained fairly stable too. On January 5, TiVo shares hit $9.85. From that day until January 27, the highest they got was $10.05. The lowest they got was $9.56. Most likely, my government was keeping both stocks in a holding pattern. After I didn’t convince my family at the beginning of January, my government lifted the price of both stocks dramatically. Then, my government kept their prices in a holding pattern until the next trip, which happened on January 28, when I saw my brother for a few hours.

Monday, January 24, 2011

France rallies China, Russia for G20 reform drive

For 2011, France became the chair of the G20. Sarkozy had all sorts of ambitious plans for the year. As far as I can tell, he didn’t achieve anything except get a bunch of people killed. Usually what happens before any multilateral meeting is that everyone decides that they need to put pressure on each other. In other words, they start killing each other and they release secret information on the Internet. Of course, this really pisses everyone off and nothing gets done at the meeting. Things got so bad that by the end of the year, people started saying that we should just cancel the meeting on the WTO trade agreement.

By the way, after I read the article on all the plans Sarkozy had for the year, I wrote the following in INDB (I made some minor modifications to what I wrote to prevent Google from deleting my blog):
You know if the Europeans can call Britain’s response to the Malayan Emergency a success when they got their asses kicked out of the country...and more broadly the Europeans got their asses kicked out of East Asia...if that’s your standard of success then I guess France may be able to achieve results in 2011.
The year isn’t over yet but so far I believe events have vindicated this quote to an extent that even I did not believe was possible.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Talking Strategy with Japan

The Council of Foreign Relations published an article written by Sheila Smith. The first sentence of this article was, “What a difference a year makes.” A year ago, Gates displayed an arrogant and demanding posture during his visit to Japan. But a year later, according to Smith, Gates acted completely differently. As an example of this change, she cited his position on the relocation of Futenma. During this last visit, Gates told Kitazawa that America would allow Japan to take the lead on this issue. As for why Gates acted differently this time, according to Smith, U.S. policymakers had undergone a “difficult learning process” during 2010. Based on that experience, they decided to take a different approach in 2011. Apparently, America did not enjoy the New Diplomacy.

“This past year suggests that past alliance management practices have blinded both governments to the shifting foundations of the U.S.-Japan security relationship,” said Smith.

In this statement, she seems to imply that, in 2010, America tried her same old tricks, namely, gaiatsu. But it didn’t work. And it didn’t work because something had changed. The foundations of the alliance had shifted. Smith does not explain what that means. But presumably, she was referring to the changes caused by the rise of China. Now that China had emerged as a major force in world affairs, perhaps Japan no longer needed America. Perhaps America had been taking Japan for granted.

Perhaps many of the problems of 2010 could have been avoided had Japan and America been more honest with each other. I imagine Smith would agree with this view. In fact, in her article, she argued that America and Japan needed to be more honest with each other about how they saw the world.1 And she faulted the DPJ for refusing to explain the security doctrine which guided their actions. Had America known how the DPJ thought, perhaps 2010 wouldn’t have been such a disaster. Of course, the problem with this idea is the DPJ had no security doctrine to begin with. Remember, the foundations of the alliance had shifted, meaning that we needed to come up with a new security doctrine for America and Japan. And so in the coming year, according to Smith, Japan and America would focus on engaging in “a serious and sustained strategic dialogue.”

Smith said this dialogue must reflect “the quickening pace of events.” She did not specify what these events were. Presumably, she was referring to the coming upheaval in the Middle East. If so, this implies that Smith knew that the Middle East would come apart when she wrote this article (which was in the middle of January). I can’t think of any other events that she could have been referring to.

As for the dialogue itself, Smith said that America and Japan needed to explain to each other how they wanted this dialogue to occur.2 Here, she was probably referring to whether or not Japan wanted me to be involved and to what extent Japan wanted to use the Internet.

At the end of her article, Smith said the following, “Learning and adjusting on both sides of the Pacific is underway.”

The events of 2011, however, would prove her wrong.

After I read her article, my government “put” the following thought into my mind, “There is no future for Japan without China.” Presumably, Japan convinced my government to “tell” me that. Later on, I would find out that this sentence was part of something that Sun Yat-sen once said. He was right.

And here’s another true statement. There is no future for the alliance between Japan and America unless someone has the courage to tell the world the truth.


1 Smith said this in an obfuscated way. She actually said that U.S. and Japanese officials needed “to be more adept” at “sharing in a meaningful way respective assessments of emerging regional and global environments.

2 Smith actually said that U.S. and Japanese officials needed to have a “closer understanding of mutual expectations of how to collaborate.”

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WikiLeaks Founder Said to Fear 'Illegal Rendition' to U.S.

On January 11, Julian Assange attended a 10 minute hearing on his possible extradition to Sweden. As part of the hearing, his lawyers submitted a set of documents explaining why Britain should not extradite Assange to Sweden. According to those documents, if Britain extradited Assange to Sweden, then America might seek his “illegal rendition” to Guantanamo Bay. His lawyers even claimed that America might seek the death penalty against Assange if they got their hands on him.

The court scheduled the next extradition hearing for February 7 and 8.

By the way, during his hearing, Assange gave a thumbs up to his supporters. Not sure what he meant by that.

Presumably, there is some chain of events that would lead to WikiLeaks disclosing the password for the “insurance” file. Perhaps the organization will release the password if Britain extradites Assange to Sweden. Or perhaps the organization would only release the password if Britain extradites Assange to Sweden and then Sweden either convicts Assange of rape or extradites him to America. As far as I can tell, WikiLeaks has never explicitly stated the conditions under which it would release the password.

But the threat remains. It seems like Europe is threatening to do something bad to Assange which would make him release the password. Once again, someone, in this case Europe, is threatening to release information that others would rather remain hidden. Of course, I bet Europe would rather keep that information secret too, but I’m sure Europe has no problem with threatening to release the information in an effort to scare others.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Going In Circles

The day after the Giffords shooting, I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas. On November 8, Joe Lieberman called for an investigation as to whether or not the Army should have suspected that Hasan would carry out such an act. Upon hearing that request, President Obama urged Congress to restrain itself from turning the incident into a circus. On November 14, President Obama urged Congress not to turn the incident into political theater.

“I know there will also be inquiries by Congress, and there should,” said President Obama. “But all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington. The stakes are far too high.”

For the most part Congress and the media restrained itself during that incident. Unfortunately, they seem much less restrained this time around. Yesterday, someone shot a congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, and several other people. Once again, the media has turned a news story into an extravaganza. Once again, the media and the politicians are using violence to further their agenda.

The New York Times immediately blamed the shooting on the harsh political environment.

“It’s hard not to think he was at least partly influenced by a debate that often seems to conflate philosophical disagreement with some kind of political Armageddon,” said the New York Times.

Of course, the New York Times, being the New York Times, refused to take any responsibility for the current environment and instead blamed the politicians for the environment.

“The problem would seem to rest with the political leaders who pander to the margins of the margins, employing whatever words seem likely to win them contributions or TV time, with little regard for the consequences,” said the New York Times.

The New York Times even seemed to threaten the public, warning of more attacks unless everyone shuts up and starts being nice.

“The more pressing question, though, is where this all ends — whether we will begin to re-evaluate the piercing pitch of our political debate in the wake of Saturday’s shooting, or whether we are hurtling unstoppably into a frightening period more like the late 1960s,” said the New York Times.

“Tucson will either be the tragedy that brought us back from the brink, or the first in a series of gruesome memories to come,” said the New York Times.

As some commentators have noted, this whole sorry affair has a lot in common with the Oklahoma City bombing. At that time, we had a Democratic president who had just lost big in the midterm elections to the Republicans, just like we had at the end of 2010. We also had a lot of high decibel rhetoric just like we have now. And we have a political class who really, really doesn’t like it when the people don’t think highly of them. I don’t think that’s ever changed.

Here’s some food for thought.

On February 26, 2008, Dana Rohrabacher, a congressman from California, spoke before the House of Representatives. He said that the Bush administration was impeding his investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. In his speech, he argued that the Oklahoma City bombing was connected to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He offered four pieces of evidence which supported this conclusion. He noted that right before the attack, both Terry Nichols and Ramsey Yousef visited Cebu City at the same time. That implied that they knew each other. Rohrabacher also noted that, in the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols used the same type of bombs and techniques that Ramsey Yousef used in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. That suggests they were part of the same organization.

Rohrabacher also tried to connect an Iraqi called Samir Khahil to both attacks. Khahil lived in Oklahoma at the time of the bombing. Khahil employed another Iraqi immigrant who matches the description of John Doe II in the Oklahoma City bombing. The FBI failed to investigate Khahil and simply said John Doe II didn’t exist. The name Samir Khahil is also on the list of unindicted co-conspirators for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Rohrabacher asked the FBI if those two people were in fact the same individual. The FBI did not respond to his inquiry.

The last piece of evidence connecting the two attacks was the most compelling. In 1993, a few months before the attack on the World Trade Center, Ramsey Yousef made several calls to a house in New York. A relative of Terry Nichols – the cousin of his wife – lived in that house. The fact that the terrorist who carried out the bombing of the World Trade Center called a relative of the terrorist who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing right before the attack on the World Trade Center certainly suggests that the two terrorists knew each other and were part of the same organization.

Now suppose for a second that the two attacks are linked. That implies that America attacked – or allowed itself to be attacked – in Oklahoma City. If you look at the documents I’ve posted, there is overwhelming evidence that the government knew about the attack on World Trade Center in 1993 before it happened. Egypt warned us about the terrorists who carried out the attack before the attack. The FBI had those terrorists under surveillance for years – I think as many as 6 years – before the attack. It’s hardly surprising that the FBI knew about those people. Those terrorists were associated with the effort by our government to funnel weapons and personnel to Afghanistan during the war with the Soviet Union.

If our government allowed Ramzi Yousef to attack the World Trade Center and escape in 1993, and assuming he aided the attack in Oklahoma City in 1995 – that implies our government participated in the attack in Oklahoma City.

By the way, Ramzi Yousef also had a hand in the bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434, which killed one Japanese passenger.

If our government is responsible for all these attacks and our media and our government are using the aftermath of these attacks to try and convince everyone not to criticize government officials too heavily, you can probably assume that our government is doing these things to try to stifle dissenting voices.

In May of 2010, I was having a running dialogue with Jun Okumura about democracy. I argued that it was important in a democracy to limit the amount of government secrecy. Jun saw things somewhat differently. In any event, the following is a document that I wrote which contains some information which I hope sheds some light on the current situation.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6BI_OoKPhKjYjBhNjRjYmEtZTUzNC00MWMzLTg1OWEtOTMwMjkxYWUyZWJi&hl=en

It’s worth pointing out that at the time I wrote that America and Japan were trying to resolve the problems associated with having too large a U.S. military presence on Okinawa. Unfortunately, we made no progress on that issue.

America and Japan seem to be stuck going around in a circle. We keep doing the same thing over and over and it isn’t working. No one has the courage to stand up and tell the truth.

It’s also worth pointing out that right now Japan is stuck in a power struggle between Ichiro Ozawa and Naoto Kan. Kan, the current prime minister, seems determined to maintain the status quo. Ozawa has a long history. After the end of the Cold War, he wanted to transform Japan into a normal country. Yukio Hatoyama, the previous prime minister, is his close ally. During the Hatoyama administration, Japan tried to resolve the Okinawa issue and it came very close to telling the truth about the history between Japan and America. But for whatever reason, Hatoyama decided to give up and resign. Here’s hoping that Ichiro Ozawa can find the courage to complete the journey he started almost twenty years ago.

Ganbare Ozawa!
As it turns out, Ozawa never had any intention of challenging the status quo. I should have known better. His personal catch-phrase is “change so we do not have to change.” To my knowledge, he has never said what he was willing to change and what he wanted to remain the same. But based on his recent actions, it appears that he doesn’t want to change anything.

Coward.

Maehara tasked with rebuilding U.S. ties

“The U.S. side has developed distrust toward Japan over the Futenma issue and said they’re in a far-from-celebratory mood,” said one person who is familiar with the diplomacy between Japan and America. “The bilateral talks were downbeat.”

Unfortunately, the Yomiuri Shimbun does not say what Japan did that made America distrustful. But let me take a guess. In 2010, there were a number of people who argued that Japan and America needed a new set of voices to move the alliance forward. I became one of those voices. Of course, in order for me to contribute to the discussion, someone had to tell me the truth about the relationship between Japan and America. I have a feeling America believed that after they told me the truth, I would either join the “establishment” or be killed.

I believe Japan also told America that America could use Hatoyama’s intransigence as an excuse to go after Toyota (which, of course, would improve the position of U.S. automakers).

I think there were other reasons why America agreed to tell me the truth. As a pretext for telling me the truth, I think Japan told America that they could use me to pressure the Chinese government. As the Chinese government does not want the truth revealed, perhaps threatening to tell the truth might make them more amenable to our suggestions on their economy. America would also use me to pressure Europe as well.

But in reality, this plan backfired. After America went after Toyota, Japan moved away from America and closer to East Asia, which was Japan’s plan all along. And the real reason why they wanted to tell me the truth is because they wanted me to pass that information on to the rest of the world. And now America needs to make a decision. Kill me or let me tell the world the truth.

America actually decided to do neither and decided to try to torture me into submission. It hasn’t worked and now they’re in even more trouble.

Idiots.

In Persian Gulf, Clinton says damage from WikiLeaks deep

During a trip to the Middle East, Hillary Clinton said it would take years to undo the damage caused by WikiLeaks. She referred to her current trip as an “apology tour.”

“I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks for the rest of my life, not just the rest of my tenure as secretary of State,” said Hillary.

What has been talked about in the press so far has not been very damaging for anyone. So our diplomats made fun of some foreign officials. Big deal.

If Hillary really believes she will have to answer questions about WikiLeaks for the rest of her life, there must be something more to this story. And there is – people like me. WikiLeaks isn’t the only entity distributing sensitive information.

Hehehe.

Bow down. Bow down.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Expect a year of frustrations

“There is no indication that bankers appreciate the damage they have done or the need to change their behavior,” said the Japan Times. “And governments do not appear ready to force that on them. That is a real reason for frustration, if not despair.”

On the day of the Giffords “shooting” and two days after I failed to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me, the Japan Times published an editorial called “Expect a year of frustrations.” According to the newspaper, the American government would remain gridlocked in 2011, as Republicans would refuse to cooperate with Obama a year before the presidential elections. Nothing would get done. Not surprisingly, the newspaper said the relationship between Japan and America would not become revitalized this year.

John Hinckley, Jr. & Oklahoma City Redux

With the country divided after a bruising midterm election, our government decided that we needed some more political theater to rectify this situation. On January 8, our government pulled out its oldest trick in book – let’s create a tragedy to unify the country. On that day, the media reported that someone shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head.

Our government has used this trick on countless occasions in the past. Ronald Reagan used this trick to convince a Democratic Congress to pass his budget (in his case, John Hinckley, Jr. “shot” him). Fourteen years later, Bill Clinton used the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City to unify the nation.

Of course, the Giffords incident had more in common with what happened to Reagan than what happened in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City, the building really did get destroyed. By contrast, neither Ronald Reagan nor Gabrielle Giffords got shot.

Interestingly, over the next year, the media would sometimes report that Giffords was making a miraculous recovery, but at other times the media would report that Giffords may not recover at all. I believe the government was manufacturing this information about her recovery in an attempt to pressure foreign governments. Every time our government wanted to pressure other governments, we would release information suggesting that Giffords had made some sort of miraculous recovery. This information supported my theory that the government had staged the shooting to begin with. It is, after all, not believable that a human being could get shot in the head and suffer no permanent damage whatsoever. If Giffords could somehow emerge from the “shooting” completely unscathed, the government must have faked the entire incident to begin with. With this information in hand, I just might be able to prove that the shooting was nothing more than political theater. This would, of course, have an enormous impact on the way the public views its history and would have consequences not just for America, but for governments worldwide. Remember that America is not the only government that uses political theater.

On the other hand, at several points in time the media reported that Giffords might not make a full recovery. Presumably, at these times, our government was trying to convey to other governments that it had no intention of revealing what really happened.

Japan needs 'shock' to awake

The Yomiuri Shimbun published a conversation between Joseph Nye and Mitoji Yabunaka on January 8, 2011.

In the article, Yabunaka said Japan needed a shock that would change the country.

“We need something really big, such as the Meiji Restoration and World War II, to completely changes the behavior and mind-set of the Japanese people,” said Yabunaka.

Of course, not coincidentally, that shock would come about two months later when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake devastated the northeast of Japan

Much of the conversation between Nye and Yabunaka consisted of both sides making demands of the other side. For example, Yabunaka expressed his concern about the lack of U.S. leadership to Nye.

“We need very strong leadership from the United States,” said Yabunaka.

In response, Nye seemed to hint that America would only provide leadership if the rest of the world did something to boost the American economy.

“I think the U.S. does have to take an important role in leadership,” said Nye. “And I think that with the increase in economic growth that will be more possible.”

It appears that Nye believed that the U.S. economy would grow stronger in 2011, perhaps due to the recent tax cut, but if the published statistics are to be believed, that didn’t happen. Most likely, the earthquake in Japan and the rise in oil prices due to the Arab Spring got in the way. Not surprisingly, U.S. leadership was non-existent during 2011.

Towards the end of the conversation, Nye offered his own advice for the Kan administration.

“I think my advice is advice he’s already discovered, which is that maintaining a close U.S.-Japan alliance and working very closely between Tokyo, Washington and Seoul--so North Korea can’t split us apart--is the best type of response,” said Nye.

Nye also said he would like to see Japan and America cooperate on clean energy, climate change, ODA, and peacekeeping. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t a whole lot of cooperation in any of those areas during the Kan administration.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Exchange rate between the euro and dollar

Today, the euro fell to $1.2932. But after today, the euro would soar to new heights. By May 4, the euro would hit $1.4849. From there, the euro would stay reasonably close to $1.42 until September.

Europe must have been overjoyed after I failed to convince my family that my government was doing something to me. And they rewarded America by sending the euro higher.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

U.S. Sends Warning to People Named in Cable Leaks

On January 6, the New York Times reported that the U.S. government had started to warn some of the individuals mentioned in the diplomatic cables that their lives might be endangered. In certain cases, the government has relocated those individuals.

My government has given me the impression that some of the people who have recently been reported as deceased have actually been relocated by the government. I don’t have any evidence that supports or refutes this claim.

Visiting parents soon a legal must-do

On January 6, the China Daily reported that the Chinese government might legally require its citizens to visit their parents as they get older. Of course, the timing of this article was very interesting. The day they published this article, my parent flew home after seeing me for the first time in five years. Perhaps China was trying to send me a message.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vonage and TiVo shares soar on January 5

Shares of Vonage skyrocketed today, rising 30 cents to $2.63. Shares of TiVo rose 80 cents to $9.85. Over the past three days, shares of Vonage rose over 17% while shares of TiVo rose by more than 14%. If you exclude what happened to my other stock holdings, based on the increases in those two stocks alone, the value of my Scottrade account rose by almost $5,000.

TiVo shares would remain stuck at about this level until February 2. On the other hand, Vonage shares would continue to skyrocket until January 12. They would go up by an additional 63 cents. At this time, a gain of that magnitude would have increased the value of my Scottrade account by about $2,500. Then, from January 12 until the end of the month, shares of Vonage would remain at about the same level.

I believe my government sent the prices of these stocks soaring after I failed to convince my family that my government was doing something to me. Of course, given the way I was feeling, it is not surprising that I could not convince my family that my government was doing something to me. It is not easy to carry on a conversation when you feel bad and you can’t remember anything.

If I remember correctly, I only saw my parents for lunch and for dinner during their trip to see me. At those times, my stomach was feeling really queasy. However, when I was at my apartment by myself, I remember feeling much better. I believe my government was making me feel bad whenever I saw my family so I could not convince them that my government was doing something to me.

Each night, when I returned to my apartment after dinner, I remember my government “telling” me that I had done a good job.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My parents come to visit me

My parents and my brother flew to Las Vegas to see me for the first time in five years.

Prior to this visit, I had been having frequent “conversations” with my government about my living expenses. I calculated that I would need to spend about $18,000 per year. I would need some way of earning that money. At this time, my Scottrade account was worth somewhere around $200,000. In order to get by using that money alone, I would need to have a return on investment of over 10% per year, otherwise I would eventually use up that money.

Though I own dozens of different stocks, a good percentage of my money is invested in two stocks – Vonage and TiVo. Over the next year, the price of those stocks would become volatile during or after the time my parents visited me. My government has “made” me believe that they were controlling the value of those stocks. They would increase the value of those stocks when I did something they liked. And they would lower the value of those stocks when I did something they did not approve of.

During the time of my family’s visit at the beginning of January, shares of both Vonage and TiVo rose dramatically. On this day, for example, shares of Vonage rose 6 cents to $2.30 and shares of TiVo rose 14 cents to $8.77.

Kan's fate is like 'candle flickering in wind'

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of ruling apparatus in North Korea, said the fate of Naoto Kan and the DPJ was “like a candle flickering in the wind.” According to the newspaper, the Japanese people had forsaken them because of their “reactionary, humiliating, and sycophantic policy toward the U.S.”

“One is bound to die a dry death if one enforces a sycophantic policy towards the U.S., quite contrary to the people’s mind-set,” said the newspaper. “This is a bitter lesson drawn from the history of Japanese politics devoid of independence.”

Amazingly, North Korea was right. What’s more, I believe they knew what was happening to me. I believe they knew that my family would come to see me for the first time in five years later that day. Had I been able to convince my family that my government was violating my civil rights, had I convinced them that the Japanese government was participating in this endeavor, surely that would have brought down the Kan administration. The fate of the Kan administration hanged in the balance. But I failed. And we had to suffer through another dreadful year.

Hopefully, I will soon succeed.

PM must invigorate Japanese diplomacy as global political landscape shifts in 2011

On January 3, the Mainichi Shimbun published an editorial demanding that Japan return to the Yoshida Doctrine.

“For Japan to guarantee the security of its national territory, climb out of its economic slump, and maintain stability in the lives of its citizens, it is imperative that it not isolate itself internationally, and to respond appropriately to changing circumstances,” said the Mainichi Shimbun.

I took this to mean that the Mainichi Shimbun wanted Japan to stop telling the world the truth, as neither the American government, nor the Chinese government, nor any government in Europe, nor any other government in the world, as far as I could tell, wanted the public to learn the truth because then the public would understand that their government consisted of a bunch of criminals. On the other hand, in the last part of that sentence, the newspaper did say that Japan should “respond appropriately to changing circumstances.” I took this to mean that, perhaps, if America or China were to decide that the public should know the truth, then perhaps Japan should tell the world the truth as Japan would no longer be isolated in this endeavor.

In the rest of the editorial, the Mainichi Shimbun, bemoaned the “assertive” behavior of China and demanded that Japan “rebuild” its relationship with America to un-isolate itself.

Cowards.

The world turns as political leaders slumber

“This new year has me praying desperately for thunder to awaken our country, whether from the outside or within,” said the Asahi Shimbun, on January 3, 2011.

In response, I said that I would do my best.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My parents decide to visit me on January 3

In an email, my father informs me that he will fly out to Las Vegas to see me on January 3. He tells me that my mother will come with him and he asks me if my brother can come along too. In response, I tell my father that my brother can come too.

Backroom politics may be endangered art, but floundering DPJ must learn the basics

The Mainichi Shimbun published an op-ed written by Tamaki Saito, a psychiatrist on January 2, 2011. In that article, Saito said the DPJ lacked the necessary ability to operate behind the scenes. According to him, DPJ politicians said things publicly that should have remained private. Saito also argued that America, with the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, had also suffered through something similar – the disclosure of information that should remain secret.

“What we need right now is not to simply abandon backroom politics,” said Saito. “What we need is to remain unflinching in the face of its wickedness, and to gain a deep understanding of the function that it has had.”

I find it interesting that the Mainichi Shimbun would have a psychiatrist evaluate the necessity of transparency in government affairs. I find it more interesting that this psychiatrist came down on the side of government secrecy. The only reason I can think of why a psychiatrist would be necessary to evaluate government secrecy is because that psychiatrist evaluated what my government has been doing to people like me. What my government has done has certainly been wicked, and it is discouraging to see a psychiatrist promoting the abuse of government power.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I call my father

I called my father today. I had not made contact with my family in over five years. He told me that he wanted to see me. He told me that he would fly out to Las Vegas as soon as possible.

Europe became worried. The last thing Europe wanted was for me to tell my parents the truth and for my parents to believe me. Europe sent the euro plunging, much to the dismay of America. On December 31, the euro hit a peak of $1.3373. Over the next seven days, the euro would crater to $1.2932.

3 dead after Russian airplane explodes

While taxing down the runway, a Russian passenger plane caught fire and then exploded. Three people died.