December 11, 2007

ADJUSTING THEIR ORBIT:

‘Caught Between Giant Elephants’: Next week’s South Korean presidential election may lead to an uptick in relations with the United States. Congress can do its part by endorsing a free trade pact. (Michael Auslin, December 11, 2007, The American)

“We think this will be our last winter of discontent,” muses a leading South Korean politician from the opposition Grand National Party (GNP). “When the flowers next bloom, however, we hope we can see American daisies, too.” South Koreans pick a new president next week, and the conservative GNP looks likely to take power, ending a decade of progressive rule by Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun. The conservatives are riding a wave of voter anger over government scandals and President Roh’s enthusiastic outreach to North Korea. Should the GNP win the presidency, as is expected, the United States would have a chance to repair relations with one of its most important allies.

Rather, they will have repaired theirs with us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2007 8:44 AM
Comments

Congress will not do its part to help out a conservative govt.

Posted by: ic at December 11, 2007 2:29 PM
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