Leadership or authoritarianism?

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Regarding Ralph Cossa’s Aug. 3 article, “Pushing Seoul-Tokyo Forward“: Cossa finally reveals his fundamental political inclinations. In the context of the South Korea-Japan military relationship, Cossa quotes the reply of an unnamed former U.S. president who was asked if he knew what the American people really thought about an issue: “I know what they damn well ought to think about it.” Cossa calls this leadership.

That is not leadership. It is closed-minded and authoritarian thinking that can lead to dictatorship. Is that what Cossa really wants for South Korea or Japan?

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mark j. valencia