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I don't get this Buchanan statement (?)
« on: March 10, 2018, 01:15:46 PM »
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    There are actually two things I don't get in Buchanan's recent article.


    I understand the following, up to the part that is italicized/bolded

     

    Buchanan:

     

    “Does Senator Flake [who does not want the tariffs] think Japan rose to post-war preeminence through free trade, as Tokyo kept U.S. products out, while dumping cars, radios, TVs and motorcycles here to kill the industries  
    of the nation that was defending them.” [??]



     

    Which nation was defending which nation? The US had just ended a brutal WAR with Japan, so the US (post WWII) was not “defending” Japan, right?

    Does Mr B know something I don't? Well, he knows all kinds of stuff I don't; I don't have a PhD, as presumably Buchanan does.



     

    He is usually easy to understand...

    So anyhow...

     

    Then Buchanan says that “Both Nixon and Reagan had to devalue the dollar [emphasis added] to counter the predatory trade policies of Japan.”

     

    I want to know how Nixon and Reagan did this, how they “devalued the dollar”?

     

    [“Inquiring minds want to know”... and this inquiring mind is too lazy and too cheap (also, too conservative) to go to college]

     

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    Re: I don't get this Buchanan statement (?)
    « Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 01:29:23 PM »
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  • was some country, post WW 2, trying to attack Japan?

    news to me...


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    Re: I don't get this Buchanan statement (?)
    « Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 06:04:59 PM »
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  • was some country, post WW 2, trying to attack Japan?

    news to me...
    Communist China and Russia were threats to Japan's sovereignty. While yes, it was the US who beat Japan in the first place, the Soviets were at war with the Japanese too. The US through its occupation and later the armies it stationed in Japan, prevented the Soviets from installing communism in the nation.

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    Re: I don't get this Buchanan statement (?)
    « Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 01:05:10 PM »
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  • Communist China and Russia were threats to Japan's sovereignty. While yes, it was the US who beat Japan in the first place, the Soviets were at war with the Japanese too. The US through its occupation and later the armies it stationed in Japan, prevented the Soviets from installing communism in the nation.
    thanks

     

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