The United States seems to be losing its imperialistic mojo most significantly in Asia and the Middle East, not only militarily but also diplomatically and economically.
Whatever one’s attitude towards globalization – good or bad – America’s way of waging its MAGA war on China likely will have unintended sequelae that may well lead to some last century style pain and disruption.
When you raise the cost of doing business past the point of profitability, the business goes elsewhere. And then competition will grind out the US’s profitability on exporting debt down to zero.
Howard Schultz, like other mercantilists of today and yesteryear, made his billions on the backs of others, including, in some cases, children as young as five-years old.
French Canadian author Danielle Tremblay summed up best the scourge of nepotism: “Despotism favors the despot, nepotism favors the despot's genes.”
It looks like Japan is specifically targeting only the former territory that is controlled by their occupier’s boogeyman. This selective outrage is evidence to the weakness of Tokyo as a sovereign actor.
Soon there will be a breaking point, not so much militarily (as the nuclear MAD doctrine is still valid) but rather economically.
Trump and his Republican Party have decided to re-launch a cold war atop the “roof of the world” in the Himalayas.