Tuesday, January 25, 2011

America First!

"The Pentagon sells out American manufacturing for Japanese bases," explains The American Conservative's Eamonn Fingleton in his very important article — Empire Is Bad Business.

"What makes Japan particularly relevant is its finesse in manipulating an often nervous and short-sighted Pentagon for purposes that, to put it politely, serve Japan’s interests better than America’s," the author writes, noting also that "the Pentagon has played a decisive role in palliating American anger over mercantilist trade policies in several host nations."

Mr. Fingleton continues to explain that "the greatest beneficiary has been Japan, but if anything the trade policies of South Korea have been even more blatantly at odds with American ideas of fair play," and "key European allies, not least the Germans, have also been allowed to perpetuate policies that render their markets resistant to American exports."

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