Friends of Loopy People are Loopy, Too

Thursday, April 15 2010 @ 07:33 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

Fats Waller might have sung:
Two loopy peoples with nothing to share,
But too much in love to say goodbye

According to Washington Post columnist Al Kamen, some in the Obama administration have dubbed Yukio Hatoyama "the increasingly loopy Japanese Prime Minister." They are uncharacteristically right.

I always liken this nation to a state-of-the-art computer. The problem with this particular machine is that it has a bug-ridden program loaded in it and that it does not have a self-correcting mechanism built in there to locate and remove fatal logical flaws. Soon after you launch the program, the system starts looping and keeps coming back to the same step over and over until some external factor brings it to an "abend". (Abend is an IT jargon that signifies an abnormal end.)

The hapless Japanese have been caught in a loop for centuries because they have failed to learn any lesson from the previous incidents of abend - the A-bombs and the burst of the bubble economy. So there is no reason to single out Hatoyama. His predecessors were invariably like him.

Yet, it's good to know that the truth about Japan has started dawning on the American people at long last. At the same time it's a shame that they still don't realize they are just seeing a mirror reflection of their own selves in the loopy Japanese.

The columnist thinks Hatoyama is "the biggest loser" among other attendees at the Obama-sponsored nuclear security circus simply because he failed to get a "bilat" with the U.S. President on the sidelines.

Is Obama any less loopy, though? Of course, not.

Saddam Hussein Obama still seems to believe the loopy people who chose his Japanese counterpart as their leader as recently as August 2009 are his friends. Secretary of State is even loopier. Not a long time ago did she say Japan is the cornerstone of America's Asia strategy.

The same can be said of the 70 million voters who sent Obama to the White House in November 2008. And what about the rest of the voters, 60 million people who cast their ballots for McCain?

If they weren't out of their minds, too, they would have an independent candidate, who would have, by now, embarked on the painstaking task to attune his country to the post-Cold War era for the first time in 20 years. One of his actions would have been to terminate the 50-year-old U.S.-Japanese security treaty. Its Article 10 is not there just for the sake of formality.

In fact, though, the two loopy peoples still take it for granted that they should remain committed (or addicted, to be more precise) to each other until death do them part. no matter how the bilateral alliance has become hollowed out.

The fact of the matter remains that the bilateral alliance simply isn't working.

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