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Tripwire : Korea and U.S. foreign policy in a changed world
Bandow, Doug.
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Washington, D.C. : CATO Institute, [1996]

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xii, 255 pages ; 24 cm

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E183.8.K6 B36 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Contends that Washington should initiate a phased withdrawal

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Bandow, a senior fellow at a conservative think tank, examines US foreign policy toward Korea in the post-Cold War era. He argues that US defense policy toward South Korea is obsolete and that it serves neither the US nor the South Korean interest. Bandow points to a paradox of conservatism by casting doubt on the conservatives' simultaneous commitment to a limited government and a big military. If conservatives do not believe in big government, why do they advocate heavy defense spending? His question holds special point now when the Soviet threat is gone, South Korea has dramatically surpassed North Korea in economic growth, and the latter is moribund. Bandow calls for withdrawal of US troops from South Korea, arguing that it is not in the ROK's best interest to have its national survival rest with decision makers in Washington--a situation that applies to other countries as well. Yet he predicts that the Pentagon, motivated by its bureaucratic self-perpetuating interest, will find pretexts (e.g., China and Japan) to maintain the US military presence in South Korea. The author's clear messages will be revealing even to conservatives. Bandow gives an excellent perspective on US defense policy in general and US foreign policy toward Korea and Asia, with important policy recommendations. All levels. M. Itoh University of Nevada, Las Vegas



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