Add Japan to the list of long-time U.S. allies who think America’s international presence is disconcertingly weak.As the WSJ reports, a Japanese parliamentarian and trusted adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized the United States in a video posted to YouTube (and subsequently deleted). “The U.S. said it was disappointed” when Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo recently, Seiichi Eto said. “I must say it was we who were disappointed. How can the U.S. fail to such a degree to treat Japan, a significant ally, in the right way?”Eto’s blunt remarks are the latest in a series of events and statements signaling that Tokyo and Washington are drifting apart. Virginia’s state legislature, for example, recently took South Korea’s side in territorial dispute over islands claimed by Japan, blindsiding the Japanese government. One of the members of that legislature elaborated on another sensitive issue on a recent visit to Tokyo: “I would hear about the comfort women comments in my district,” he told a WSJ reporter. Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine visit was “not helpful,” concurred one of his colleagues, saying “it complicates matters in terms of our relationship with South Korea and other friends.”Obama strategists thought that as the U.S. lowered its profile international tensions would diminish, but the opposite seems to be happening. American adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran are pushing harder, and U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia and Japan are taking risky steps that are increasing tensions and that will ultimately require more, not less, U.S. engagement to maintain the peace.The Obama Administration’s strategic thinking is in disarray. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what comes in the next three years.