Open Thread: Back from Tokyo


imperial koi.jpg
Just back to Washington after a long trip back from Tokyo.
Our plane got diverted for an emergency landing to Anchorage, Alaska after a person on board was felled by a serious stroke.
My bags were lost — but I did meet behind the baggage counter a friend I have not seen in nearly 20 years.
That followed running around the Imperial Palace yesterday morning at 6:00 a.m. and having a Japanese guy walk up to me after my run while I was looking at the koi in the Imperial moat wondering whether I was “that blogger who writes ‘The Note.’ Gratifying — but now exhausted.
Lots to report — tomorrow.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “Open Thread: Back from Tokyo

  1. tzs says:

    On this new National Space Policy–so Bush has decided to reject our signing of the UN Space Treaties?
    Why not, he’s torn up every other international treaty around….
    In the end, all this posturing will make no difference. If China wants to have a space program, China will have a space program. Ain’t nothing Bush et al. can do about it. Anything they do against anything launched from China would be as if they attacked China directly.
    The more Bush postures about the US’s power, the more he shows the little we actually have.


  2. Pissed Off American says:

    “President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone ‘hostile to U.S. interests.’
    Thats too bad. I was pondering the possibility of nominating that fucker Cheney to be the astronaut on the first manned Mars launch. I woulda nominated Bush, but we have advanced far past the point that we need to use monkeys.


  3. Tadashi says:

    I just want to say that I watched Mr. Clemons and Mr. Soros several times in their Tokyo meetings and had that privelege to do so.
    America is lucky to have them, particularly Mr. Clemons who is one of the most realistic and yet inspiring public thinking persons I have ever heard. My friends and I were on the verge of happy nervousness listening to his words — and I think that he is someone who understands Japan better than many Japanese. He makes people nervous in all of the excellent ways that they should be nervous and people are still speaking about his presentation before the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. One lady there publicly spoke and said that she had not actually been made to think at any of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan speakers before — and that Mr. Clemons was the first one.
    I learned from someone as well that Mr. Clemons and his work are the reasons that George Soros came to Japan — and Mr. Clemons took him to Yasukuni Jingu.
    I think America is extremely lucky to have people of this kind, and Japan needs more definitely.


  4. PUBLIUS says:

    Well done. Well said.
    “This means that so long as civil society remains marginalized and unrepresented on foreign policy issues, any government –not just a group of “neo-conservatives” with a particular plan for remolding the Middle East – will be able to create an international crisis and use it to displace other issues, as well as to consolidate political power. And these foreign interventions, such as the Iraq war, can by themselves greatly increase the threat of real terrorism. This is a cycle that can go on for many years, and even decades, preventing economic and social progress indefinitely. For example, Iran’s nuclear program – despite the fact that it 5-10 years away from bomb-making capability – provides the material for a “security crisis” that can be invoked at any politically convenient time, including the run-up to the 2006 or 2008 elections. Such a “crisis” could involve economic sanctions or even military action, regardless of whether there is any real security threat to the United States.”


  5. Punchy says:

    From now on, that should be your nickname. “That blogger”. How endearing.
    I hope you talked them out of nuke development, cuz US “media” (read: CNN) is talking it up like Japan is mere hours away from a gazzillion-ton warhead. Did you think to ask them if they have any more “Matsuis” over there who’d be willing to sign with the Cubs?


  6. Carroll says:

    Jesus fricking christ….what next? We now have to occupy outer space? missiles on mars? space bases? an embassy on Pluto?, $10,000 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 for “space” defense? Pleeezzzzzeeee….bring the Marines home and turn them loose on Washington before we all perish from this insanity.
    WP: “President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone ‘hostile to U.S. interests.’ The document, the first full revision of overall space policy in 10 years, emphasizes security issues, encourages private enterprise in space, and characterizes the role of U.S. space diplomacy largely in terms of persuading other nations to support U.S. policy. … The new policy was applauded by defense analyst Baker Spring of the conservative Heritage Foundation. He said that he supported the policy’s rejection of international agreements or treaties, as well as its emphasis on protecting military assets and placing missile defense components in space. He also said that he liked the policy’s promotion of commercial enterprises in space and its apparent recognition that private satellites will need military protection as well.” An ideologically driven space program.
    Posted by Laura at 11:47 PM
    (Laura Rosen)


  7. Jaded says:

    Oh hi o gizimus, Steve.
    V-e-r-y lovely koi picture.


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