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Name: Martin Johnson
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Current location: Charlottesville, VA
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The US didn't reform Germany. Germany reformed Germany. Japan is a completely different culture.

After suffering a humiliating defeat, they put their heads down, their shoulders to the wheel, and started rebuilding. They have never accepted any blame for WWI and the atrocities they committed in other Asian countries. The Japanese still claim they were the victims of the war, and point to the atomic bombing as proof. China and South Korea regularly complain about Japanese school textbooks that downplay the country's role in the war. Multiple nations still criticize Japan for never taking full blame for forcing women in the countries they invaded into prostitution to service their troops. Germany, on the other hand, has taken full blame for the Holocaust, integrated a full account of their crimes in textbooks at every grade level in their schools, and the legal system forbids Holocaust denial and Nazi glorification.

Marco Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction

Great column by Fred Hiatt in the Washington Post this morning about what he terms Rubio's "profile in cowardice." Some excerpts:

Letís say youíre a Republican senator who claims to support democracy and U.S. leadership in the world.

Letís imagine, too, that youíve spent four years excusing and supporting a president who fawned over North Koreaís odious dictator, encouraged Chinaís ruling tyrant to build his concentration camps, took the word of Russiaís strongman over U.S. intelligence agencies and celebrated the Saudi despot who orchestrated the dismemberment of a dissident journalist. And letís posit that, on top of all that, youíve been a profile in cowardice as your president tried to nullify a democratic election here at home.

Now the president-elect appoints a team of seasoned, moderate foreign policy experts who support democracy and American leadership in the world.
How do you respond?

Here is the way Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) actually greeted the new team: ďBidenís cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of Americaís decline.Ē

I suppose this sour, graceless tweet shouldnít surprise us...But there is something particularly galling about this instant pivot to attack mode from senators who couldnít even bring themselves to acknowledge the results of the election ó who have stood by or cheered as President Trump has attempted to overturn those results.

...If Trumpís coup attempt has failed, it is because his defeat was so decisive ó and because those state and local officials had the integrity and courage to resist Trumpís pressure.

But hereís the essential point: Almost no Republicans on the national stage had the integrity or courage to offer backup for these local officials. Almost none of them gave the public any reason to hope that if Trumpís effort to steal the election state by state had gained traction, they would have stood against it.


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