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Why Are We Still on the DMZ?

scott s. Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 4:54 PM
First off we have reduced our force in ROK, so the premise is faulty. Pat might recall it was Ronald Reagan who halted the first draw-down that Carter ordered. A new draw-down was ordered by Bush, but only partly implemented. That's because it is being used as a bargaining chip to stop the nuclear weapons program in PRK. Currently the combat force consists of 4 fighter wings (3 F-16 squadrons and one A-10 squadron) , 1st Armored brigade, 2d combat aviation brigade, and 210th fires brigade. I'm not sure pulling out of NE Asia, and allowing an even bigger arms race than we are currently seeing, is such a great idea. As it is ROKN and JSDF are building some sophisticated warships to counter the PLAN.
Anonymous908 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 5:35 PM
I see your point. However, I can't help but wonder if the presence of US military on South Korean soil is one of the primary motivations for North Korea to rush to further develop their weapons. Think about it from their point of view. The world's most powerful military amassing a large group of soldiers on a country that borders them. Further, we have had hostile relations with North Korea in the past. I aint saying its a good thing, just pointing out that it makes sense that they would work to develop nuclear weapons. We would do the same.
dan17 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 9:13 PM
You talk as if North Korea was some little country like Sweden or the like. The government is a snake pit of evil, left over from the days of Stalin, keeping it's people trapped in a modern day "Dark Age". They have no relevance on the world stage and should have been starved out decades ago. By now Korea would be unified and the North Korean people released from their misery.

North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat -- the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range.

Pyongyang's ruler, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, said the tests are aimed at the United States. So it would seem. One does not build an ICBM to hit Seoul, 30 miles away.

Experts believe North Korea is still far from having the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to a missile that could hit the West Coast. But this seems to be Kim's goal.

Why is he obsessed with a nation half a world...