Our moral and intellectual superiors on the left gave us these grand lectures about how we do not understand the Asian custom of bowing, what with us being mouth-breathers and all. This is Smart Diplomacy.
-But Obama’s bow to the emperor was pretty dumb.
1. His next stop was Singapore (and then Beijing). The Chinese don’t like Japan. The Rape of Nanking (as well as the massacres in a dozen other cities) has pissed them off. Bowing to the head of Imperial Japan was waving the Flag of the Rising Sun in the faces of teh Chinese.
2. His stop after that was Seoul. The Koreans are also still pissed at Japan.
3. Showing signs of any weakness in a time of war emboldens enemies.
So it is not American bluster or pride that is at stake here; it is not showing favoritism to one side in a triangle of mutual suspicion. Koreans also are suspicious of China a
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