Tuesday, May 25, 2010

South Korea's Entangling Alliance with the United States

Doug Bandow argues that "the ROK’s military alliance with America makes it more difficult for both nations to act in their respective interests" — Avoiding Pyongyang. Noting that "there is little the DPRK can do to harm the United States," Mr. Bandow reminds us, "Washington is stuck in the center of Korean affairs today only because of the U.S.-ROK alliance, which provides a security guarantee to South Korea with no corresponding benefit to America."

"The sinking of the Cheonan was an outrage, but it was an outrage against the ROK," he says, suggesting that the incident "should not be an issue of great concern to America, which normally would offer diplomatic backing but not military support to a democratic friend." On the Korean side, he notes that "the South finds its decision-making, even on the question of its national survival, affected and directed by American policy makers half a world away." Restated, "Seoul finds its future being decided at least in part in Washington, where America’s, not South Korea’s, interests understandably are treated as paramount."

He concludes by suggesting that "both sides should use this crisis to rethink an alliance that has outgrown its original security justification," and saying, "Neither the ROK nor the United States is well-served by a relationship where South Korea’s fate is decided in Washington."

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Anonymous Steven Cornett said...

If indeed South Korea's fate is determined by bankrupt Washington D.C, you might need to find another country sooner or later.

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