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'Koreans don't get it either'

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By Charles K. Park

Charles K. ParkIn "Americans just don't get it" (11/8/2019), Korea Times columnist Oh Young-jin notes the recent slew of "sales" calls on South Korea made by senior U.S. officials.

The pitches by the officials involved maintaining the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), promoting the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) and increasing defense cost-sharing to $5 billion or more.

Balking at the U.S. demand to increase Korea's share of defense costs, Oh laments that rather than a global leader, the U.S. looks more like "an old landlord eager to get tenants to cough up extra bucks anyway he can."

As he correctly points out, this sad state of affairs is, of course, the result of the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. He has promised to "Make America Great Again," in part by "Making American Allies Pay More Again."

Unfortunately, Trump is neither a geo-strategist nor a historian: It was the British Quartering Act of 1765 that motivated the American colonists to secede. The rest, as they say, is........

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