A few days ago in Fukushima, Japan all hell broke loose after a 7.4 earthquake was reported several hundred miles from the city’s shore. Tsunami warnings hurriedly advised residents to take higher ground as ships speedily departed for deeper safer waters. It was near assured that an approaching catastrophe was about to take place. The quake was particularly frightening due to the proximity to the Onagawa Nuclear Plant facility 25 kilometers from the city.
The warning was of course Justifiable. Five years earlier tsunami waves smashed into the port and city center killing, and currently missing, a total of 22,000 people. The event was well publicized in the international media, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, accompanied with shocking huge waves pouring inland destroying everything in its path. Fukashima quickly became a horribly devastated city as radiation seepage seemed to govern the prefecture for several years. Over one million structure were destroyed by the erupting sea.
This time the tsunami waves proved to be merely 1.3 meters high and shortly TEPICO the builder and government custodian for the reactor facility announced ‘NO Danger’ the danger had passed.
The event of nature could be a corollary to the coming Trump administration. Will Trump soften his far right and other controversial positions when he is asked a second or a third time around or when he actually takes office next year? According to the New York Times, CNN, and Time magazine Trump has modified or changes his position 124 times since becoming a candidate. On the outset of his administration he is selecting a staff largely composed of neoconservatives and far right GOP personalities, military and civilian, while alarming most of the American public and nearly every one of our overseas allies.
We don’t know what the final outcome will be of course and it does not help with contradictory statements issued by Trump’s staff atop the Tower, i. e. ‘It’s assured relations with Russia will significantly improve’ while at the same moment a high staff candidate, Romney, states ‘Russia in our number one dangerous foe.’ What does this mean and what does it portend? No one knows at present. It’s all wait and see and kind of exciting political time. Will the U. S. over the next four years go down the drain with Trump at the helm?
In the meantime Wall Street, the Dow, NASDIQ, and Standard and Poor reached record heights this week and it was a good sign oil prices rose o4%. Evidentially the Street feels comfortable with Trump as it was cozy with Clinton. There is also a vague anticipation Trump will bring at least some jobs home to the U. S. Actually the strategy is bound to fail and besides the corporations don’t care. Where will those jobs come from, mainly China and South East Asia and the countries involved will not be pleased about it. All this is not going to happen overnight, but begin this decade or next. It took 25 years to lose these jobs and it may take that long to get them back, if it ever does. Will the U. S. have the patience to wait?
As an acquaintance of mine wrote, the Trump strategy is the identical approach dictators Hitler and Mussolini used to grab power and become popular with the electorate. The Bushes, and Clinton, provided meek promises, assurance of more and better work for America to cover their hypocrisy and outright lies for a better future. The three presidents could not completely deliver without expanding conflicts and continuing wars, but the aforementioned foreign dictators certainly did by aggression. Perhaps the question is do we negotiate and let’ bygones be bygones’ or do we want to make the choice of full employment or war.
The nervous Japanese expected massive Tsunami waves this week that did not arrive. Will we be as lucky as Japan?
All the Best.
PS: An added note. Russia has deployed on a Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland two sets of nuclear and defensive missiles under tremendous criticism from NATO members. These placements are mobile, not permanent as our missile bases in Europe. They are deployed approximately 400 miles from Moscow, while in the recent past the U. S has sent a rotating three million soldiers some eight thousand miles around the globe from its shores to fight a peasant people in Vietnam. Iraq, Afghanistan, are a long way from home too. Currently the U. S. has over 850 military bases around the globe. Do people read history anymore, or have common sense anymore?
l find the Russian bear is a thuggish brute, but we must understand for the long-term and for our own benefit and safety they have a sphere of influence and claim it as we do ours.