...Against Bush's troop movement
Kerry singled out for criticism Mr. Bush's plan to cut 12,000 of the 37,000 U.S. troops in South Korea. "Why are we withdrawing unilaterally 12,000 troops from the Korean Peninsula at the very time we are negotiating with North Korea a country that really has nuclear weapons?" Kerry asked.
Hmmm...Maybe cause they have nuclear weapons?
If they attack with nukes, we are going to attack back with nukes and destroy them. Bush could be making ourselves less of a target, and saving 12,000 American lives (via the vodkapundit).
Kerry is getting most of his talking points from guys who think like this.
Secondly South Korea is more than capable of protecting itself, especially if they are buying weapons from us.
"as a hastily announced plan that raises more doubts about U.S. intentions than it answers. "
Sounds like someone is jealous.
This plan has been in the works for several years across several presidents. Bush is just taking credit for it, and it would not surprise me if he timed the announcement to go along with the election. The plan is not a plan that has been slapped together, though Kerry would like that to fit the image of the president that he is trying to display (a reckless cowboy type).
I was thinking about the troop movement, my first impression was that it needed to happen sooner. Then I realized that we had fought the cold war for 50 years, so leaving out guys out their as insurance for 15 was not a bad move. Though from what I know, it could have happened five years ago.
I think the first push is sometimes the hardest, once the ball starts moving toward a more flexible military, I think it will start spinning faster toward that direction.
update: what do you want to bet that kerry changes his mind?
Cnn quick vote.
Do you support Bush's plan to withdraw 70,000 troops from Asia and Europe?
Yes 63% 94109 votes
No 37% 54553 votes
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