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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 06:58 PM

Trump considering troop reduction in South Korea: report

Source: The Hill

The Pentagon has reportedly given the White House options to reduce the U.S. troop presence in South Korea following President Trump’s demands that Seoul pay significantly more to keep U.S. forces there.

A U.S. military official told The Wall Street Journal that the Pentagon’s Joint Staff has reviewed forces in South Korea — currently 28,500 troops strong — as part of a broader look at potentially repositioning and reducing deployments across the globe. The Defense Department referred questions to the White House, which did not respond to requests for comment.

The potential move drew immediate blowback from Congressional lawmakers, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who called such a decision “strategic incompetence.”
“We don’t have missile systems in South Korea as a welfare program; we have troops and munitions there to protect Americans,” Sasse said in a statement. “Our aim is to give the Chinese communist leadership and the nuclear nut tyrannizing his North Korean subjects something to think about before they mess with us.”

The drawdown plan has sparked a bipartisan backlash from lawmakers who say it would undermine U.S. alliances and benefit Russia. Reducing U.S. troops on the peninsula would also be seen as a win for North Korea, which has long pressed for U.S. forces to leave Seoul and would itself have to make no major compromises for the drawdown.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/507867-trump-considering-troop-reduction-in-south-korea-report



The administration since 2018 has already canceled several large-scale military exercises between the United States and South Korea in an effort to move along nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang.

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left-of-center2012 Jul 17 OP
VMA131Marine Jul 17 #1
Alacritous Crier Jul 17 #2
underpants Jul 17 #3
soryang Jul 17 #4
paleotn Jul 17 #5
Evolve Dammit Jul 17 #6
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 17 #7
louis-t Jul 17 #8
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Jul 17 #9
SergeStorms Jul 17 #10

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:03 PM

1. I'm surprised Trump hasn't tried to sell S. Korea

to Kim Jong Un!

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Response to VMA131Marine (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:05 PM

2. Exactly!!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:16 PM

3. No no no no no

Horrible horrible idea

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:25 PM

4. This is just posturing for the SMA negotiations; no one in Washington agrees with this

the negotiating team was allowing rumors to spread that the armored brigade rotation last spring wouldn't take place. Fat chance.
That was bs.

Without making much headway with imposing costs for the much vaunted "Indo-Pacific strategy" on Seoul; negotiations with Japan coming up soon aren't likely to go any better. Seoul isn't going to pay for the "great white fleet" to intimidate China in South China Sea. Trump the "deal maker" was going to make an example out of South Korea and use it as a precedent to negotiate with other allies. It's a failure. With total democratic control of the National Assembly and the armed forces in South Korea, this is going nowhere.



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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:30 PM

5. Kim Jong Thug hasn't been nice to him lately.

He's looking for "love" wherever his ego can find it. Poor Donnie Two Hands is sad.

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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:41 PM

6. time for a beautiful letter? Chocolates?

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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:42 PM

7. Still in love with Kim Jong Un I see

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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:52 PM

8. Hey repugs! You had the chance to find someone more competent.

But you didn't. Suck it.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jul 17, 2020, 07:55 PM

9. "...and benefit Russia."

This is the all-purpose reason for anything Fat Donnie does. I'll bet Putin sees the writing on the wall, and is trying to get all of his nefarious schemes accomplished before we shove his puppet out the WH door -- which unfortunately may be literally necessary if Trump loses. (I can't believe we're actually having to discuss this possibility.)

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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 08:10 PM

10. Orders from Vlad, no doubt.

Destabilize the world even further for Russia's benefit. Hey, Little Donnie might only have a few more months to pay Vlad back for buying up his debt. When the boss says "jump", Little Donnie says, "how high"?

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