The U.S. government has tossed around security guarantees…
… with the same reckless abandon that it has made loan guarantees.
They are costless promises for the governing classes to make, never reckoning that one day those guarantees will have to be redeemed – in treasure in the case of loan guarantees.
In blood in the case of its security guarantees.
Rising nationalism in both China and Japan is increasing the risk that the United States will be dragged into a war not its own and half way around the world.
In the following column, Pat Buchanan asks, “Are the Senkakus Worth a War?”
“The U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 obligates the United States to treat any armed attack against any territories under the administration of Japan as dangerous to [America’s] own peace and safety. This would cover such islets as the Senkakus also claimed by Beijing.”
So this author wrote 15 years ago in “A Republic Not an Empire.”
And so it has come to pass. The United States, because of this 53-year-old treaty, is today in the middle of a quarrel between Japan and China over these very rocks in the East China Sea.
This Senkakus dispute, which has warships and planes of both nations circling each other around and above the islands, could bring on a shooting war. And if it does, America would be in it.
Yet why should this be America’s quarrel?
The USSR of Nikita Khrushchev and the China of Mao Zedong, the totalitarian Communist states against whom we were committed to defend Japan, are dead and gone.
Why, then, are we still obligated to defend not only Japan, but all of its island possessions? Why were the treaties that committed us to go to war for scores of nations in the Truman-Eisenhower era not dissolved, when the threat that gave rise to those treaties disappeared?