This jackass compares rail lines from Paris to Marseille, France to a route from Chicago, IL to Newbern-Dyersburg, TN. See? We failed!
Tell ya what. Here's my solution: You HSR fans think it works? Great. I recommend that state governments sell the rights to high speed rail corridors to these international companies and let them have at it. Japan wants to give it a try? Go for it! Japan, France, put your money where your big fat mouths are!
There. Problem solved! No arguments from anyone. Proponents get their wish.