Korea and Virginia: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

  Constituent politics in the United States often has a major impact on foreign policy.  The ballot box can send a signal in a more direct and, at times, cutting way than any academic debate on foreign policy at a Washington think tank.  As any Congressional staffer knows, vocal advocacy by constituents on behalf of … Continue reading Korea and Virginia: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

High School Reunion: Vietnam and Baby Boomers

Notre Dame College Prep, Niles, Illinois Class of 1966 -- 50th high school reunion  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GREGORY JOSEPH KASPER PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular Length of service 0 years Casualty was on Sep 25, 1967 In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR Body was recovered Panel 27E - … Continue reading High School Reunion: Vietnam and Baby Boomers

Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?

980 × 551 - scmp.com By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea! You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be! Then Secretary of State Clinton and then Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi were anything but happy when they discussed freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The long march … Continue reading Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?

A Michigan Journey: Following Father Marquette

Wikipedia EDITOR'S NOTE:  I found this unpublished manuscript from a summer trip taken in August 2014 to the Great Lakes (Michigan, Huron, Superior) region of the State of Michigan. These musings have little to do with the blog's intended subject of news out of Asia -- except if one stretches one's imagination and argues that … Continue reading A Michigan Journey: Following Father Marquette

Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers

    War-Veterans.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------       I felt a special connection when I read Mrs. Ghazala Khan’s July 31st column in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ghazala-khan-donald-trump-criticized-my-silence-he-knows-nothing-about-true-sacrifice/2016/07/31/c46e52ec-571c-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html.)  She described how she had a son who graduated from UVA and then went on to become an army captain.   So did I.   My boy was deployed to South … Continue reading Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers

Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?

Those in the Washington establishment, strong supporters of globalization, have been giving assurances to Asian trade partners NOT to worry about all the anti-free trade rhetoric being hurled about in the current U.S. presidential campaign.  (NOTE: Both of the likely nominees of the major parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who famously reversed her position, have come … Continue reading Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?

Trump’s “China, China, Jobs, Jobs” May Be Robots

2016 is the year of Donald Trump, win or lose.  On Asian policy, his key slogan has been "China, China, jobs, jobs."  This involves his contention that the unscrupulous Chinese have "stolen" America's manufacturing jobs through such unfair trade practices as currency manipulation and IPR violations.  Trump's blue-collar base is convinced that he is the … Continue reading Trump’s “China, China, Jobs, Jobs” May Be Robots