August 14, 2006

WE WERE ONLY RANTING..........:

Yankees don't go home, yet (Ahn Mi Young, 8/15/06, Asia Times)

South Korea may have serious problems with the tough US stance toward North Korean nuclear and missile antics, but it balks at any reduction of US troops stationed in the country or dilution of the 50-year military relationship with the United States.

An announcement last week by a US defense official - that as part of an overhaul of military ties Seoul will be handed back wartime-operations command over its troops by 2009 - has triggered a round of harsh criticism of President Roh Moo-hyun's nationalist policies. [...]

What truly shocked analysts here was the US willingness to hand over to South Korea primary responsibility for defense in the event of war.

"As the adjustment takes place, there will be a reduction in the number of US forces located in the Republic of Korea beyond the level of 25,000 we've currently agreed to," the defense official said.

Such readiness is interpreted by experts as a sign of a weakness in the alliance and a result of differences over how to deal with North Korea.

"Under the US-South Korea alliance, the US would discuss with our government key regional issues such as how to deter North Korea or how to curtail Japan's move to rearm itself," said Song Dae-sung, a senior researcher at Sejong Research Institute.

"However, if the alliance fails, the US would bypass us and talk to Japan or China. If this happens, our diplomacy level will be dangerously downgraded."


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2006 6:46 PM
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'Bout damn time.

It's not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of boredom and their childishness. Time to toss them out of the basement.

Posted by: Sandy P at August 14, 2006 7:00 PM

Yep - it would be totally satisfying. Plus, you can probably dispose Kim Il Jung by withdrawing from South Korea. China props him up for leverage against the US and Japan, and the South props him up so they won't have to deal with the refugees. Pull out, and he's only a negative to them.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at August 14, 2006 7:12 PM

If this happens, our diplomacy level will be dangerously downgraded."

Yes, well you should have thought about that before you elected that fool Kim Dae Jung, shouldn't you? And that awful Noh Moo-hyun. South Korea is going to be suffering the ill-effects of alienating the US for a while to come, I think. I have every expectation they/we are in for a few humiliations on Dokdo/Takeshima and the like, since Japan has spent that same period cozying up to the US.

That said, I can only hope that this:

a round of harsh criticism of President Roh Moo-hyun's nationalist policies.

means the GNP is moving into position for a crushing victory in the next elections.

Posted by: Taeyoung at August 15, 2006 7:10 PM
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