FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:|
June 19, 2000
BUCHANAN: BRING U.S. TROOPS
HOME FROM KOREA
VIENNA, VA - On Saturday, June 17,
Senator Jesse Helms told CNN, 'it is time to
consider' bringing U.S. troops home from
Korea. Endorsing Helms' view, Reform Party
candidate Pat Buchanan said today:
"On June 25, 2000, the 50th anniversary of
the Korean War, President Clinton should
announce America's intent to remove all U.S.
armed forces from the Korean peninsula.
"The historic summit of North and South
underscores the fact that, with the Cold War
over, unification of Korea is an internal
dispute for Koreans themselves to decide.
There is no vital U.S. interest involved to
justify sending another half-million-man army
to Asia to fight a second Korean War, no
reason why American soldiers should be first
to die in any such second Korean war.
"South Korea has an economy twenty times
that of North Korea, a population twice as
large, a vast technological advantage, and
access to U.S. weaponry two generations
ahead of anything the North can produce or
purchase. Seoul is fully capable of providing
all the manpower and material for its own
defense. Moreover, the rise of
anti-Americanism in the South tells us the
U.S. occupation, begun more than half a
century ago, should come to an end.
"While Americans should remain forever
proud of the role our country and its armed
forces played in nurturing and protecting the
now free and prosperous South, let us not
poison our friendship by overstaying our
welcome. Time to let go, time to bring U.S.
forces home, and restore our rightful role as a
republic, not an empire."
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