"U.S. Studies Big Troop Cuts in Korea," by Gordon Fairclough, Wall Street Journal, 7 June, p. A18.
U.S. will progressively leave the Korean peninsula because we need our troops elsewhere in this global war on terrorism, and becauseófranklyóthe South Korea military is strong enough to defend itself. Sure, many could die if Kim finally goes over the edge and attacks, but they'd all be Koreans in that scenarioónow wouldn't they?
South Koreans say "We can put up with Kim forever if need be. If he falls, we'll get stuck with the bill?"
Fine, say I: your bill, your blood, your problem. You let us know when you want a real solution, but don't wait too long. This Leviathan's got other, more pressing fish to fryóassuming you all can live with Kim . . ..