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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:55 PM
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Fifty years in Korea has come down to this.
We've had troops on the cease fire line between North and South Korea since before I was born and I've got children who have graduated college! I wouldn't want to begin to guess how much that has cost us over the years. Now that North Korea has tested its nuclear bomb, the US has only limited response options since we have troops there. In other words, our soldiers in South Korea are now hostages, not guardians. There are too few to defend themselves from North Korea and we can't beef up their numbers. Way to go, George!
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:00 PM
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1. korea
"You know its Hard Work.....doing nothing"
GW Bush speaks on North Korean Nucular test
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:10 PM
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2. Not exactly
they have a limited nuclear capability. The use of which would start a thermonuclear war.

We can deliver thousands of megatons in a coordinated second strike.

Not a good thing but not like it is a scenario that has not been planned for.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:22 PM
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3. They've been hostages for decades.
It's why they're there: They're the trip-wire. Hit the trip-wire, and immediate US involvement is virtually guaranteed; this raises the price of any action to 'liberate' the south. Moving US troops away from the DMZ makes the trip-wire significantly less sensitive. Some attacks on S. Korea could occur with lowed likelihood of a US response.

The S. Korean government didn't like having them move, even though it reduces the interaction of US military and Korean civilians, and makes the US presence less of a thorn in the side of the S. Koreans that want the US out entirely.

One of the things that have arguably kept the peninsula in the state of frozen war that we like to call 'peace' is that Seoul itself is essentially hostage, however.
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