Another Foreign Policy Blunder…

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/nation/article_4370da70-0a9a-56c4-be7a-d511b26e9814.html

South Korea’s strategic importance (both militarily and economically) to the US as a hedge against China’s increasing influence in the region and world is easily worth the few hundred million trump wants to extort for no reason other than his asinine posturing.

4 thoughts on “Another Foreign Policy Blunder…

    1. The strength of their economy, particularly coupled with Japan’s provides a buffer and moderating effect on China’s increasing influence in the region. Since we bailed on the TPP (another blunder) we’re increasingly vulnerable to losing influence and/or allies in the region. The small cost of our presence and involvement is negligible.

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  1. What Trump and many others seem to overlook is that the US is the country that has a worldwide military reach to protect its own interests first, then act to provide defense to allies.

    One could argue that the US should be paying rent to keep bases in many of the far flung regions of the world. After all, as the largest economy in the world, we have the most to defend when it comes to sea lanes and other international trading assets.

    And in addition, it is expensive to the Treasury, but the GDP, and the GOP for that matter, as well as many corporations are thrilled that we are spending as much as we do for defense.

    What has cost us dearly are not the defensive bases. The senseless wars are the real drain.

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    1. RE: “One could argue that the US should be paying rent to keep bases in many of the far flung regions of the world.”

      I wouldn’t make that argument. Paying rent to support forward deployments is indistinguishable from actual warfare, except for the violence. Better to have someone else pay for it.

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