The problem with the USA in East Asia, and in particular the Republic of Korea (ROK) is so subversive the truth rarely comes out, but how could the support of a ruthless dictator like Pol Pot in Kampuchea (Cambodia) ever be forgotten? In Gwangju who can forget William Gleysteen the US Ambassador to Korea under Jimmy Carter who OKayed the Paratroopers being sent to Gwangju instead of Riot Police. How did this effect the tragedy of May 18,1980? Because these troops were trained to be dropped behind enemy lines in North Korea and to fight to the death, killing as many as possible before they themselves dying. This is not the mentality a democratic institution should sponsor, and Carter never would have sent troops to quell a demonstration in the USA, after the Kent State massacre in which four students died while protesting the Vietnam war. But wait, eight people died at the wrong end of water cannons under the realm of Lee Myung Bak, anyone remember that? So the USA influence is longstanding and it can be reduced to this: Eastern Asia, and Korea in particular, have learned how to do terrible deeds for the benefit of the tiny few who make profits from war, in order to be part of the “winning team”.
In 2012 the USA was supposed to stop commanding the Korean Army, but it still does because Lee Myung Bak asked George W. Bush to extend the USA command over his army. Strange for a so-called conservative president I guess. Again look at the reality: The “practice-war'” troop movements in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine of the USA and Korea happen in March most years. This could be done anywhere, but the USA-Korean armed forces always do them right on the naval border of North Korea, thus in many ways provoking attacks that have recently sunk the Cheonan (64 sailors died) and killed six via artillery fire on Yeung Pyeung Do. The propaganda war about Kim Jung Eun possibly creating a provocation of his own before March of 2014 began in December 2013. (Kim Jung Eun’s being noticeably worse as they are the kind people die in, unlike the US-South Korean war games).
Mongolia has sunk its economy with and without outside influence lately, so I am not aware of any major benevolent or foul play issues between the US and Mongolia lately. Others would know better than myself.
Historically, the US Navy transported police who volunteered from dozens of different cities to squelch protests in Jejudo in 1948. Many men in Jejudo died. The slaughter was blamed on “communists from North Korea” and that was a propaganda coup for the US, and a sure exacerbation of the war that was to follow. More can be discovered about this in George Katsiaficas’ great book “Asia’s Unknown Uprisings, Volume 1: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century” http://www.amazon.com/George-N.-Katsiaficas/e/B001HCVC7K
Currently, the USA won a battle about KORUS free trade, and it benefits the US at about a 5 to 1 ratio of potential benefits for Korea. Thus less than three months after protesters against US beef imports died, the beef was in South Korea. And Korea has been good about enforcing its will on others, particularly in South American Free trade agreements, so the country has learned well. After all, if the beef farmers and rice farmers are meant to suffer more in South Korea, isn’t it worth it for the good will achieved with the USA? Uh, NO, because it increases South Korea’s dependency on foreign food for one, and the farmers have it hard enough in the Republic of Korea already! (Korea imports two thirds of its food supply.)
Though diplomacy appears to give the USA a win every time, in reality, the USA and other investors will continue to back South Korea’s ascendancy into a middle class population, EVEN as its own middle class is being decimated. Investors merely switch from Wall Street and the NYSE to investments in Asia, where economies are still growing, not contracting. Ah, but should this USA contraction, I call it a depression, persist and influence exports negatively, then the USA will be in NO POSITION to help any more.
Why not? Because of the Asian elephant China. China is, in a very large way, the driver of the USA dependency on debt to keep its economy afloat. This and the fact of the large North Korean border with China, assures that Northeast Asia will remain a hot-spot, and thus, diplomacy is being trumped, once again, by the specter of war.USA “diplomacy” often comes in the form of Drones, mercenaries, and hair-brained false and illegal wars whose intentions are to create a pathway for a new oil pipeline, and with little or nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction OR serious terrorist threats even. But, after killing perhaps a million people, many of them unarmed, the USA has created a permanent group of people who are anti-US, and they don’t have to be terrorists to be so.
The much-dreamed about permanent war that first started to fester after World War II turned around the American Depression, now is fully in play. Thus, by saddling up to the US, Korea has hitched itself to a country that will always be looking to make another war, and as far away from home as possible.
Details of how the Republic of Korea could win or lose due to this relationship with the USA are not as important as the fact that by doing so, the government is not fully Korean anymore. How dare I say that? The introduction of Tightly controlled Christian churches is another way the US indoctrinates the masses of South Korea. Even the Presbyterian Church is conservative in Korea. GEEEESH. No Quakers to be seen, but plenty of Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists (nudge nudge, wink wink?).
And on the cultural front KPOP has SQUELCHED all folk singers and anyone else who might sing against the corruption and injustice in government, and it did so by importing USA Disco and bubble gum boy bands, then made billions of Won converting them to scantily clad girls dancing and singing and being, well “western.” Ooopsy daisy, this cultural and governmental link up will have consequences in ALL of Asia as the other countries first get seduced by the dancing girls, and then will fall prey to the immoral, “fun now, pay later” mentality that has driven the USA past the edge of bankruptcy.
A Bankruptcy that could be climbed out of not via a more productive USA, but, the old fashion way. Via War.