Re: President bows to Japan's Emperor
I agree it is respectful in their culture, but in ours, the President is to never bow to another leader. I think the problem is a conflict of cultures which UNFORTUNATELY is impossible to avoid.
I think he was TOTALLY wrong for bowing to him. Other military members will understand this better than most. But this runs along the lines of the flag issues. The US flag NEVER EVER EVER is flown lower than any nations flag, EVER. No matter what, the US flag is to never be displayed at a lower level than a foreign nations flag.
This sucks for other nations, but is part of our culture.
Goes the same way for the President/Commander in Chief. Him bowing to another nation, shows disrespect to ours and that we are BELOW them.
But to not bow shows disrespect to the foreign diplomat. Its a double edged sword.
The way to mitigate it, like other presidents have done, is to bow, but not to bow fully. It shows respect, but keeps our society's CULTURE in tact. I think prior to this DEBACLE, no one new about this. So therefor don't understand the importance of it.
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