Rising Sun Leads the Way

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) leads the guided missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a passing exercise while under way in the Pacific Ocean Jan. 10, 2011. Stockdale and Gridley are underway with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy/Released) Click to download the publication quality image in a new window. This file is 1.482 MB, please be patient while it downloads.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) leads the guided missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a passing exercise while under way in the Pacific Ocean Jan. 10, 2011. Stockdale and Gridley are underway with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy/Released)

Comments

  1. That picture is proof of a lot of progress in 60 years.

    Maybe we really should nuke the Mideast too. Nothing else seems to be working.

  2. I believe, Murdoc, or one of his evil minions, actually once suggested I’m cynical. You comment, Sir………has moved you to the top of “The List”. LOL!

    Sadly there is some validity to your thought. I’ve frequently bored and irritated my associates with the theory that the transformation of Germany and Japan from militaristic autocracies into stable democratic well off societies was built on the foundations of their ruins. 5+ years of total war and the destruction (which would certainly have to include those two rather large physics demonstrations in Aug 1945)and national exhaustion that brought, as well as the decades long occupation by the victors, and the attedent transfer of social/political values………made them what they are today. Just sayin………..

  3. Flanker you have to remember Germany and Japan have something else in common. They were both high IQ, homogeneous populations that were highly industrialized prior to WW2. Thus, after the war they were able to pick up where they left off and return to their industrialized pre-war state. Once they were rid of the empire bug, they could focus on economic domination and had the economic stability to foster a more stable political environment.

    The third world backwaters we are in now, Iraq and especially Afghanistan, have yet to join the industrial revolution and don’t appear to be about to do so anytime soon. In addition, their low IQ populations are not exactly bosom buddies, contrary to what the ‘diversity is strength’ idiots preach.

    Expecting these guys to turn out like Germany and Japan if we only ‘gave’em the rough treatment’ would be like expecting Haiti, with enough aid money, to turn into Switzerland. It just ain’t going to happen.

  4. 11 Bravo & Flanker………

    We fought two countries from Dec 1941 to April 1945/Sept. 1945 with combined armies of 30-million (don’t even count the “Eye-Ties”). OK, Japan had a bunch of “Die fighting at any cost never surrender”, however the true Kamikazes were in the low thousands.

    Today were fighting ONE(BAD-ASS)IDEOLOGY (Islam) with an army of 1.5-Billion potential suicide fighters!

    Maybe we should have saved Little boy & Fat man for the ultimate conflict.

  5. Today were fighting ONE(BAD-ASS)IDEOLOGY (Islam) with an army of 1.5-Billion potential suicide fighters!

    Maybe we should have saved Little boy & Fat man for the ultimate conflict.

    Or maybe we should stop importing hundreds of thousands of people from a culture and religion that are alien, and have been historically hostile to the peoples, cultures and religion of this nation.

    1. This is the point where you are labeled racist, and any debate you have along that line is shut down and shouted down, because multi-culturalism will encompass all, and only white males can be a source of world problems.

      Personally, I don’t have a problem with Muslims coming here, so much as the fact that US culture as a whole doesn’t seem to have the confidence anymore to assimilate them to our way of life. We still do a better job of it than the Europeans, but the overall message seems to be one of cultural surrender, assuming that the more aggressive cultures are willing to wait a little bit, and maybe wage a little lawfare.

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