After nearly sixty years it looks like the US is finally slipping free of Korea.
The U.S. military will stay on, perhaps in reduced numbers, and play a supporting role, officials say. South Korea wants to take back the authority for wartime combat by 2012. The Pentagon says South Korea can have the authority back by 2009.
Roh said Wednesday that anytime in between those dates would be fine; indeed, he said, Seoul could take it back “even now.”
I have long felt the South Koreans quite capable of defending themselves so long as the US keeps them under its nuclear umbrella.