Idiots, Idiots, IDIOTS!
Then, in the midst of this mega-insanity, we find that Congress still has time for micro-insanity:
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday demanding an apology from Japan over the sexual exploitation of young women in the Asia-Pacific region by the Japanese military during World War II.
The nonbinding resolution was approved by 39-2. Rep. Michael Honda, a California Democrat of Japanese descent, and some Republicans submitted in January the resolution about the women, known euphemistically in Japan as "comfort women."
"What they said today in their vote was that, yes, there were victims, there were women who were used as sex slaves, yes, there was a systematic military program that captured, coerced women and girls to be used as sex slaves," Honda told reporters after the passage of the resolution.
"It is time that the Japanese government approach and acknowledge, take full responsibility and apologize in an unambiguous, formal way," he said. (source)
Well that sure was a terrible thing the Japanese did ... more than 60 years ago. And they sure should apologize.
Maybe someone should tell Rep. Honda that the Japanese have, in fact, apologized. Multiple times. All he has to do is look here and here. Perhaps Honda hasn't heard of the Internet; it's a pretty amazing research tool for even semi-intelligent people ... but I acknowledge that it doesn't work so well for idiots.
And while they're at it, smack Honda upside the head to get his dim attention and tell him that this is between Japan and Korea and China and has not one teenie-tiny, itty-bitty thing to with the United States.
In case you're wondering, here's how one of our few great allies had to say in response to the vote:
Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ryozo Kato has warned that the passage of what he says is a factually unfounded resolution would harm otherwise sound Japan-U.S. relations.Yesterday I reported that three Japanese banks had backed the U.S. position and refused to pay Iran in anything other than dollars on oil purchases. While Europe blows us off and pays in Euros, Japan, which is utterly dependent on imported oil, stood by us, showing considerably more courage than nearly any member of Congress showed today.
How about a high-five for our friends? Not on your life. Why do something reasonable when you can toss off a nonbinding insult?