Saluting with misty eyes
"The entire nation should firmly defend peace and security on the Korean Peninsula by turning out in the Struggle to resolutely foil the U.S. attempt to launch another war."
Geez... we've been there for 50 years, and they have suffered through all sorts of events that have led to lower troops readiness, lower troop morale, and lower troops strength... and yet we allow them to stay on their side of the wire, and we stay on ours. I sincerely believe that we have launched a war on several occasions, and have not.
Something else most people don't realize: Korea is still at war. They never signed a peace treaty... they only agreed to stop shooting.The UN agreed to be there while the Koreas were at war. Well, guess what... they are still at war.
Now let's look at the history with this particular leader of North Korea. He has made agreements, and broken agreements, and done anything (almost) he could to stop the agreements from happening. If he decided that he wanted to "unify" Korea, he can't do it with the US and the other allies still there. Demand they leave, and there is no one to stop him.
In addition, South Korea's government is in a state of upheaval these days, as the two parties in South Korea (the posu and the chinbo) are fighting worse than the Democrats anbd the Republicans here in the US. The President of SK was impeached this year (charged with crimes, not removed from office) and was only saved by the Constitutional Court (their version of the Supreme Court).
There is also a growing body of SK's young people who believe that communisms is a better life than freedom, and wish to spread the commuinist thought to SK.
South Korea is in the top 12 global economies (I forgoet which, to be honest). They are a highly industrialized nation, and a thriving capatalist nation with great amounts of cash inflow from their various products, from electronics to cars. North Korea isn't that large, or globally connected .They are receiving vast amounts of monsy from the world, including the US and South Korea (their "enemy"). Kim Jung-Il, I am sure, whould like to control that global economy for himself. North Korea has had people starving to death for too many years, and the regime has only been concerned with survival of the regime. By getting rid of the outside forces in SK, he can then be concerned with the regime survival, and at the same time be an international player because he now has the economy to back him up... and one of the largest consumer driven economies in the world.
Also, the military bases are, many of them, on very valuable, and very firtle groing soil that the US allows SK nationals to farm. Once the Americans are out, and (hypothetically,) the NK's take over, just who do you think is going to have control over those plots of land?? The people?? I rather think not. There have been no new reforms to Communism, and Kim Jung-Il is not the man to make them.
One last thing about this "genius": There are 3 communist states left in the world- China, Cuba, and North Korea. This is rhetoric straight out of the Marxist Handbook. He is also maintaining a massive military force along the 38th parallel while calling for the United States to remove all of their troops... however he is not interested in conquering his neighbors to the south...
I donít see why we should have troops there so they can be among the first killed so as to then involve us in another war.
Guess what? Those troops are there to keep the other troops from being killed. Besides, I really don't see how Kim Jung-Il is that arrogant that he thinks he can take on the US military on their terms and come out on top. That is why he is telling us to leave (even though it isn't his country). The fighting will only start once tmost of the Americans are out... and then we are right back over there to defend one of our closest allies... again.
"...and as we drift along, I never fail to be astounded by the things we'll do for promises..."
Ronnie James Dio