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America's gift to Korea

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By Andrew Salmon

A distinguished visitor lands in Seoul this week: US President Donald Trump's most formidable appointment, newly minted Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis.

Word is, Mattis is visiting Korea and Japan to reassure them about ongoing American defense commitment, in the wake of alarming statements his chief made on the campaign trail. Seoul and Tokyo will be seeking clarity on Trump's security stance which has, thus far, been as clear as mud. But with Trump having made crystal clear that he wants allies to cough up more for the protective aegis US forces represent, there will likely be private tough talking as well as public back-slapping. .

Despite Trump's apparent isolationist tendencies, one issue unlikely to be tabled is an American regional withdrawal. But let us, for a moment, think the unthinkable. If United States Forces Korea, or USFK, pulled back to Fortress America - is South Korea vulnerable to invasion?


Despite fears of a repeat play of June 1950, Kim Jong-un's forces are in no shape to storm south. They are 1.1 million strong and boast abundant firepower, but have........

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