Here is a perfect example of election year politics in the US that is going to unnecessarily cause tension between the government and people of South Korea and the US military that will bear the consequences of the protests and public anger such a move will likely cause:
South Korea’s military has reacted negatively to a possible U.S. push to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, saying such a move won’t be helpful in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.
A source in the South’s military said Sunday that a redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea would run counter to a 1992 inter-Korean declaration on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and work against persuading the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.
The response came after reports last week that a U.S. congressional committee is pressuring the Obama administration to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The House Armed Services Committee, dominated by Republicans, approved an amendment to the fiscal 2013 national defense authorization bill Thursday that calls for the re-introduction of the sensitive weapons to South Korea, according to Foreign Policy magazine.
The U.S. pulled all of its forward-based nuclear weapons out of Korea in 1991 before the two Koreas signed a deal on the denuclearization of the peninsula. Since then, the U.S. has provided a so-called nuclear umbrella for the South. [Yonhap]
Like with the phony student loan fight or the so called “War On Women” created by the Democrats as election year issues, the Republicans are firing back with their own manufactured election year issue by trying to make Democrats look weak on defense. Besides trying to get the Democrats to appear to be soft on North Korea, the Republicans are also trying to get the Democrats to be on record as being soft on defense of the home land by trying to construct a missile defense base on the East Coast that the Pentagon doesn’t want. There is little to no truth in any of these issues, but creating perceptions about the other is all that matters in an election year. Unfortunately too many US voters are to unaware to realize the phony nature of these issues.