This is a seriously under-reported political crotch-kick to progressives and supporters of the movement for Korean autonomy world-wide, courtesy of Obama and ultra-conservative President Lee of S. Korea at the Toronto G20. It must be noted that the stunningly undemocratic abrogation of the agreement to give S. Korea full military authority on its own territory was leaked several days before its revelation in Toronto and at that time was summarily denied by the Lee regime. From S. Korean gov’t denies reports on delay of wartime command transfer, June 22 2010 (People’s Daily):
The South Korean government denied Thursday local media reports that Seoul and Washington have virtually agreed to delay transferring wartime operational control from the United States back to South Korea, originally scheduled to take place in 2012.
‘Some media reports that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed (delaying) the transfer at the nuclear summit in Washington are not factually accurate. The two countries never formally discussed the issue,’ the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.
Some South Korean media, including a mass circulation daily Dong-A Ilbo, reported a day ago that Lee and Obama agreed at a recent nuclear summit to delay the planned handover, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.
The decision, according to Dong-A Ilbo, will be announced after a summit in June on the sidelines of the G20 summit among the world’s major economies.
‘Customarily, we do not confirm details of what the heads of the states discussed. The reports are also factually wrong,’ the foreign ministry in Seoul said in a statement.
How utterly duplicitous! This is the true face of Lee’s ultra-right S. Korean regime, that demands the world to accept its bogus and rushed “investigation” of the sinking of the Cheonan, among its other serial “north wind” (anti-North Korea) fabrications and domestic political repressions.
The Obama administration is currently conducting an aggressive campaign to consolidate the U.S.’s military bases in the key strategic areas of Northeast Asia with the main thrust being future attacks on China; this years’ crushing of both S. Korean and Japanese native political campaigns to move away from US military occupation or control show the oppressive militaristic and anti-popular underpinnings of US foreign policy.
It also points to the fact that all US military occupations worldwide will continue indefinitely under some pretext or another, draining domestic resources and spreading universal fear and conflict, unless there is mass resistance.
The article below appears to give the basic news report but is actually a textbook example of the political backwardness of mainstream S. Korean media and is presented with judicious editing. Particularly absurd is the premise that this delay is at the request of the S. Korean government; President Lee’s ultra-rightist Grand Nationals in S. Korea dance to the US’s tune and not vice versa. – 左手
June 28, 2010
by Kim Junghyun
SEOUL, June 28 (Xinhua) — A surprising announcement from Canada over the weekend that Seoul’s planned takeover of wartime operational command of its troops has been pushed back by three years and seven months to Dec. 1, 2015…
DELAY OF TRANSFER
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his U.S. counterpart Barak Obama dropped the bomb Saturday and announced a three-year delay of the wartime control at a bilateral summit in Toronto, Canada on the sidelines of the G20 meeting. The decision was made at the request of the South Korean government [!]…
Seoul’s wartime operational control was given to the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War, which was later transferred to the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC). Some 28,500 U.S. troops have been stationed here following the deadly civil war…
South Korea regained peacetime control in 1994, and late former President Roh Moo-hyun stuck a contentious deal with Washington in 2007 to take over the wartime command, a move that angered conservatives…
Last week’s news was all the more startling to many, as speculation alleging possible renegotiation of the plan has been repeatedly dismissed by tight-lipped South Korean and U.S. officials, who never gave anything much more than their official stance that the transfer will be carried out as scheduled. [The writer is dancing around the stark fact that they lied. – 左手]
Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, among others, once publicly acknowledged that the original plan would create “the worst situation” for South Korean military but still stood by what he called a “political promise” between Seoul and Washington. Gen. Warter Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, also reiterated many times that the transition is on the way…
…[T]he issue of retaking wartime command has been one of the biggest wedge issues in highly divisive South Korean politics. The Roh Moo-hyun administration requested the transfer under the name of sovereignty and autonomy, which coincided with Pentagon’s interests of realigning its overseas troops under its new military strategy.
Liberals voiced strong doubts. “There are many unanswered questions as to whether there was some kind of a back-room deal,” Chung Se-kyun, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party, said Monday during a meeting with senior party officials, referring to suspicions that the delay came at Seoul’s cost of making concessions on the two-way free trade deal with Washington.
The negotiation process was also flawed, Chung said. “It is inappropriate that the government had kept the deal in secret without assessing public opinion and unveiled it all of a sudden.”
What is not dared to be openly stated by the compromised S. Korean media and politicians is that this wartime command delay was an absolutely undemocratic, dictatorial policy move on the part of the Obama – Lee alliance. – 左手