South Korea: Close Friend Of The U.S., And A Defense Welfare Queen

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Despite North Korea’s many threats to turn South Korea’s capital of Seoul into a “lake of fire,” the city acts pretty normal. Residents say the North’s vituperation has raised tensions, but the streets are as busy as ever. There’s been no exodus from the Republic of Korea’s population, economic, and political heart.

Also unchanged is the conventional wisdom that the ROK must rely upon America for its defense. The assumption dominates Washington, D.C. as well as Seoul, and will be on display during President Park Geun-hye’s visit to the White House tomorrow and address to Congress on Wednesday.

The bilateral relationship is close. Too close, in fact. Both America and South Korea pay a high price for the South’s unnecessary defense dependence.

For 60 years the U.S. has defended the ROK. The “mutual” defense treaty is mutual in name only. Washington defends the South. Seoul does not defend America.

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Vince Perfetto

Vince adds diverse experience to the Foundation with a background in broadcasting, accounting, and telecommunications. He loves living in the freest state in America, New Hampshire. With a “Live Free or Die” attitude and a strong independent streak, Vince feels right at home among his fellow N.H. citizens. He was raised to respect others and to work hard to achieve his goals, and thus takes pride in saying he has “the best parents, ever.” When Vince isn’t working on the Foundation, he enjoys hiking, reading, and relaxing with a great New England micro brew.

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