Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Empire Needs North Korea

"A peaceful resolution of the threat posed by North Korea might cause China to call for an end to the U.S. base presence on the Korean Peninsula," read the cables — China Could Ask for U.S. to Get Out of Korea, WikiLeaks Cable Warns. We can't have that now, can we?

UPDATE: Laurence Vance reports that "Sung-Yoon Lee of the Korea Institute at Harvard writes that an actual peace treaty 'would cause all sides—not only North Koreans, but South Koreans and Americans, too—to question the need for a continued U.S. presence in Korea'" — Korean Safe in the US Wants US Troops To Stay in South Korea. [For me, the issue is not whether or US troops make the situation safer or more dangerous here (I don't think they make it any more dangerous), but why American taxpayers should foot the bill — and I say this as someone who pays Korean, not American taxes, yet my patriotism has been called into question!]

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