The other day Japan Times published a totally ridiculous article by its prominent gaijin-gringo english teacher turned reporters under the title Japan's top most useless PMs.
Useless maybe, but surly harmless internationally. Not like American Presidents many of whom have done immeasurably more harm and destruction out of ignorance and lack of insight than any Japanese PM.
Lets try and rank them.
The absolute first place, outranking everybody, belongs to President Dr. W. Wilson. Yes, he actually had a PhD and like many other prominent intellectuals of the time..... also the "gallant french disease". Nobody, the last thousand years, has done more harm and caused more destruction and suffering to humanity than the Wilsonian-Presbyterian Internationalism.
Strictly speaking Wilson's infantile idealism and village school-master actions created: Hitler and Nazism, Stalin and the Communist empire, segregation in the USA, the first draft after the civil war, liberty bonds, the drawing of ridiculous national borders all over the world, planting the seeds of countless wars and millions of deaths and refugees in the 20th century.
He even tried to lure Mexico into the American war in Europe.
On behalf of American values, saying in 1913 "I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men" , he laid the foundation to Latin Americas permanent poverty and misery. He lied to the latinos the blacks, the Irish- and German Americans and all anti-war American citizens who cast their ballots and elected him President on his "never entering the European war" promise. On his way to the Paris Peace Conference he tried to brush up his knowledge of European geography but was still confusing the location of Switzerland and Sweden on his arrival.
He undertook US military interventions in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Panama and Russian Far East and finally created the League of Nations, which became the symbol of comedy/failure of international cooperation and understanding. Wilson was awarded the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize, in itself tragicomical. When blacks protested his discriminatory actions, Wilson told them "segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen."
In 1929, Wilson's image appeared on the $100,000 bill. The bill, now out of print is still legal tender but mildly put not worth what it used to be.
Second place belongs to German-American "Ike" Eisenhower (Eisenhauer in german).
His legacy is: The Iron Curtain, disaster on the Korean Peninsula lasting till today, Bay of Pigs plan, Powers-U2, start of the Middle East nightmare, his CIA led coups and assassinations in Iran, Guatemala, Belgian Congo and the betrayal of the Formosans, Hungarians and Tibetans.
He was only harmless when he played golf.
A strong third is FDR.
What started so good all ended in disaster by 1945
Ranking the next seven Presidents we leave to Japan Times' eigoyas.
By Gabor Fabricius
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