The Dartmouth Observer
Friday, October 21, 2005
South Koreans Looking for Door
Rumsfield apparently bristled when the South Koreans suggested that after fifty years it might be time to go. He retorted in the definition of spin:
The Republic of Korea, an impoverished and devastated nation over a half-century ago, now has one of the world's most powerful economies and is an important democracy with a large and increasingly capable armed force." These changing circumstances make it important for South Korea to take on a greater share of the burden for its own defense, Rumsfield said, but Koreans should not dismiss the value of U.S. support." The United States of America has invested the lives of a great many Americans in helping the Republic of Korea to be free," he said in a joint appearance with South Korean Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-Ung. "We are a part of this alliance at the request of the Republic of Korea's government," he added.Right. So when someone asks you politely to leave their house, even if you fixed the broken windows, the front door, and installed the new lovely patio deck, do you respond: "Impoverish and broken I discovered you and your house, and now you are rich and well off. Do not diminish my labor and my work, I am here at your request"? Damned vampires; they always assume an invitation in for tea means until death do us part.
That being said, we have reduced the number of troops from 37, 000 to 12, 500. By the end of the year, that number should be down by another 8,000.