Well, the rhetoric and the actual action has heated up to a possible point of no return between North Korea and the United Sates and its allies. Will a war occur? Will the Chinese get involved? Will the North Korean leadership become sane? Only time will tell, but that time may be coming soon, as the US has thrown down a gauntlet of sorts by flying B-2 Stealth Bomber exercise missions across the Korean Peninsula as a show of force, and of intent. Why is all of this suddenly getting so hot right this second? Ah! The Professor has 8 different reasons that have collided at this juncture in history to create a perfect storm of a possible war. Not all are obvious, but they are the the well-informed…and that is you!
Well, they did it again! On 2-12-13 North Korea conducted it’s 3rd underground nuclear test….thus pushing it’s ambitious quest for nuclear weapons to the max. In an unintentionally longer rant, the Professor expounds upon 1)Why North Korea did it, 2)the world reaction and 3)Why this test most threatens the status and stability of China over all others. Of course, the US role in all of this is peppered in for halva’ too, as American policy in the Pacific is the one thing that will likely change the most as a result of this nuke test….and the tis part of the problem for China. Cheese-ing China game on!
Well, I totally did the podcast on new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two days too early! Radical developments in the assignment of his Cabinet and an announcement of a radically increased defense budget have changed the equation of what direction he will be taking Japan in for the coming year…and that direction is hawkish. Tune in to the Professor’s Godzilla-style rant on the particulars of the Samurai Shinzo shenanigans!
Keywords: Japan, LDP. DJP, defense spending, cabinet, defense budget, Senkaku, Yasukuni, hawkish, US relations, self-defense force, TPP, Godzilla, China, South Korea, India, Australia
Yo, wasabi with the Abe? Japan has a new Prime Minister, but he ain’t new to the job! In an effort to get smart, and get back into the swing of things in the plaid podcasting universe, the Professor is launching a run-down of new Presidents and Prime Ministers across the planet…and will possibly revisit some current leaders not likely to survive the year as well. Today’s top dog topic: Shinzo Abe, new Prime Minister of Japan. See what the Professor thinks are the things to watch for in this second round of Abe rule in the land of the rising sun!
Keywords: Shinzo Abe, Japan, LDP. DJP, economy, stagnant, Yasukuni, hawkish, US relations, self-defense force, TPP, Godzilla, China, South Korea
Holy titanic trade tiffs! We got a full-on fight brewing in the Pacific between the future influencers of free trade…one that covertly has the US facing off against China…and you probably didn’t hear a damn thing about it in the US news yet, have you? Was it just a coincidence that all major US officials have been visiting Australia and ASEAN in the last week? Not. Just after the big ASEAN meeting came the bigger EAS meeting, and then on the tail end of that came a surprise announcement: a RCEP trade block is forming up, the largest free trade zone EVER, and it does not include the US! Listen to the Professor rant about how this RCEP is now competing against the TPP for control of the Asia-Pacific soul! And holla back if you are interested at all in this interesting squall!