February 3, 2008


Repairing U.S.-South Korea Relations (Richard Halloran, 2/03/08, Real Clear Politics)

The president-elect of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, has started a campaign to repair the serious damage done to his nation's alliance with the United States by Seoul's incumbent, President Roh Moo-hyun. [...]

President-elect Lee, who is scheduled to be inaugurated on February 25, told foreign correspondents in Seoul in mid-January: "For the security goals of Korea and regional stability, the alliance between South Korea and the United States will be reconstructed in a creative manner."

He said his government would exercise "pragmatic economic diplomacy" and "we will ratify the FTA [free trade agreement] with the United States at the earliest possible time." President George Bush echoed that in a request to Congress in his state of the union address this week.

Because of the contempt that they hold for foreigners, the Left and Realists always insist that when we have bad relations with other governments it is because of things we did, rather than their having saddled themselves with bad governments.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2008 8:23 AM
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