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  •  "The Bright Side Of Crazed Dictatorships" (6+ / 0-)

    During last year's presidential campaign, one of the most overlooked accomplishments of the Obama Administration's foreign policy during the first term was the work done by the President & Secretary Clinton in expanding U.S. influence & alliances in Asia.

    The United States has shored up & enhanced our relationships with Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines, opened the door to a partnership with Myanmar, and furthered our alliance with Australia, which has agreed to allow us to position Marines on their soil. Most of these moves have played off of regional concerns about China. The People's Republic of China basically claims the entirety of the South China Sea (with the Philippines, Japan & some other having recent territorial confrontations with the PRC), as well as protects it's North Korean ally.

    From a 2010 article published in The Economist:

    Incidents like [this] are quite helpful for American diplomacy, because they are blamed partly on China's failure to restrain its psychotic North Korean nephews. The damage to Chinese prestige put the Financial Times's Geoff Dyer in mind of the laments he heard from a Chinese official during Barack Obama's world tour [in 2010]:
    As Barack Obama was visiting Asia earlier this month, his friendly reception in country after country provoked a somewhat forlorn response from one Chinese official. "Look around the world, the US has dozens of well-established alliances," he said. "We only have one."
    That one being... North Korea. Events like the shelling attack on South Korea enhance American relations with South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, and to some extent Indonesia, India, Thailand, and any other country that worries about how China will behave in its region. In other words, when North Korea goes nuts, American soft power grows. Unfortunately, that kind of American soft power is based on the availability of American hard power. Countries turn to America in the face of North Korean madness because America is the only country that can dispatch a carrier task force into the Yellow Sea.
    •  North Korea (2+ / 0-)
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      mookins, Shockwave

      The US has killed many all over the world, but during the Korean war the US bombed North Korea mercilessly and the result was that 20% of the population was killed.  There was only one 2 story building standing in Pyongyang.  I think North Korea is acting logically in response to US murderous policy.

      I would say many on this site are not aware that the Japanese occupied North Korea for years and after WW II the Koreans wanted to kick the Japanese out of Korea, but the US wanted the Japanese to remain in power and run the country for the US.  

      I don't know why the US can not leave N. Korea alone.
      1871    Korea    Forces landed.
      1894-1896    Korea    Marines land and remain in Seoul.
      1904-1905    Korea    Marines land and stay in Seoul.
      1950-1953    Korea    Major forces engaged in war in Korean peninsula.

      When Donald Gregg was ambassador to N. Korea he cancelled the military exercises and the N.  Koreans cut the bellicosity.

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