I received this comment on the USA to shift troops from Korea to Iraq?
Andy,(I'm always up for compliments)
First off nice blog, I really enjoyed your unification article.
As to the article at hand, let's halt this gossip disguised as news. It's already spun out of control....Here's the USFK response to the piece everyone is getting excited about. It seems that some people and news agencies have taken Richard Halloran's opinion, and used it as fact....
WRITER'S OPINION MISTAKEN FOR FACT
Seoul, Republic of Korea (USFK) Nov. 25, 2003 – An opinion piece by Honolulu-based Richard Halloran, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is mistakenly being quoted in other publications as authoritative fact.
(Hit the hyperlink in my info to read the full text)
I checked the link (click here). It is a Press release from United States Forces-Korea (USFK). The Press release had the following main points:
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs issued the following statements to correct the record:
-There have been no discussions about US troop reductions in South Korea, nor has the U.S. made any decisions regarding troop reductions.
-In the Republic of Korea we are discussing, with that government, the realignment of our forces on the peninsula, in company with capabilities enhancement, but are not discussing any reductions in force levels at this time.
-We have agreed to move U.S. forces out of the Seoul Metropolitan Area and will continue to work with our allies to ensure that forces are positioned in a way that will provide the best-possible posture in defense of South Korea.
-Many options are being discussed as part of realignment of U.S. forces on the peninsula and these options will be discussed with the Republic of Korea as we move forward in this process.
-Any realignment of US forces in South Korea will necessarily involve close consultations with the government of the Republic of Korea.
Details beyond these statements are speculative at best.
I assume that KimcheeGI is working with/for the USFK on this and they are hitting cyberland to "set the record strait." In any case, I've seen the KimcheeGI ID around on different boards. I'm not going dismiss the rumors out-of-hand just yet, though. Rumors are often just unconfirmed facts. But the fact that the USFK is working this hard to put an end to this particular rumor does seem to make their claim more believable.
Now that I have forwarded a USFK press release, am I now an official member of the Military-Industrial Complex? Is there a secret handshake? Do I get a ring?