National Security

Trump May Withdraw From South Korea

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime is currently denying it, but the New York Times reported last night that Trump has ordered the Pentagon to draft plans for possibly withdrawing from South Korea.

Officials who spoke to the Times say the White House's thinking is that keeping troops in the country wouldn't be necessary if the North and South sign a peace treaty.

Reduced troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Mr. Trump’s talks with Mr. Kim about his weapons program, these officials said. But they acknowledged that a peace treaty between the two Koreas could diminish the need for the 28,500 soldiers currently stationed on the peninsula.

Mr. Trump has been determined to withdraw troops from South Korea, arguing that the United States is not adequately compensated for the cost of maintaining them, that the troops are mainly protecting Japan and that decades of American military presence had not prevented the North from becoming a nuclear threat.

I'm not going to sit here and say we should keep troops stationed in South Korea forever, however it feels like everyone has forgotten that North Korea has nuclear weapons and thousands of artillery pieces aimed at Seoul.

With the way things are going, it looks like North Korea will be allowed to keep their nuclear weapons, have sanctions lifted, and see American troops withdraw from the south. That's basically Kim Jon Un's wish list and it would amount to total capitulation by Trump.

I'm sure someone close to Trump will tell him we should not give Kim Jong Un everything he wants with nothing in return, but all of that advice could be negated by a single compliment or flattering remark by Kim Jong Un.

If Kim praises Trump during their upcoming meeting, Trump could leave the meeting ready to withdraw on that day.

The White House has denied many reports that turned out to be true (virtually all of them) so for the moment I'm going to assume Trump really has ordered the Pentagon to make plans.

  • katanahamon

    At this point any crazy thing could happen as we have an uneducated society, a complicit media, and a gutted government. The greediest and dumbest have seized power…prepare to reap what they sow.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump, a man who proclaimed fairly recently that “not many people” know the Korean War didn’t end—true if one excludes everyone who didn’t sleep through World History in high school)—and who couldn’t find either Korea on a map, wants to withdraw US service personnel from South Korea because he doesn’t think the protection racket is lucrative enough.

    It’s like watching the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels version of The Godfather.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “Mr. Trump has been determined to withdraw troops from South Korea, arguing that the United States is not adequately compensated for the cost of maintaining them,”

    Not adequately compensated?!? This is the United States of America and it’s being governed with the logic of a fucking neighborhood loanshark.

    For the last two decades Republicans have habitually blurted out nonsense about “the politics of appeasement” to accuse Democrats of being cowards and enabling all kinds of evil around the world and now a Republican gameshow host is possibly going to leave one of our allies vulnerable to the predations of one of the most bizarre and erratic governments on the face of the earth because he thinks they haven’t paid the vig. Good God.

  • Badgerite

    Jesus. All Xi Jinping needed to do was give trump some trademarks he wanted and he basically withdraws the United States from the Asia and the Pacific. Economically and militarily. At least Neville Chamberlain didn’t betray Czechoslavakia for some trademarks. POS. The United States would be abandoning an ally that is a functioning democracy with basic human rights to God only knows what. Don’t tell me that Kim Jung Un will be happy with a divided Korea or even an South Korea. He won’t. Surrender will get you ‘peace’. But let’s not pretend it is real peace with respect for human rights and all. It would not be.

  • The con man may be being conned himself.

    I doubt Congress would let him withdraw the troops, but that doesn’t change the underlying stupidity of the very idea. God he’s a moron.