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Friday, November 28, 2003

U.S. Troops Out of Korea

The article S. Korea puts off US requests to buy arms, clearly states the current situation of the US-ROK alliance with its subtitle, "Nation slow to share burden; stakes mount for defense contractors" and its first sentence:

South Korea is resisting American requests that it buy new weaponry even as the United States is pouring billions of dollars into Korean security.

The best thing that could happen for this region would be for the US to realize that its troops are unwanted here, that South Korea can well afford to pay for its own defense and that it should begin to do so, that US troops are needlessly in harm's way in a region where vital American interests are no longer at stake and where China is effectively contained by its neighbors (the Koreas, Japan, the Phillippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Pakistan, and Russia (all hostile to China's territorial ambitions)) and pull the troops out!

For a similar point of view, read Patrick J. Buchanan's The Coming U.S. Retreat from Asia.

For once, I agree with North Korea (see Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from S. Korea Demanded).