I am not posting from Korea, but I have information. Two friends just returned two weeks ago, and they said that tensions were very high. Also, they were scheduled to hear a Toby Keith concert (sponsored thru the USO) that was to be held in an open air stadium near the DMZ. That was canceled and they were forced to hear it at a much smaller venue on an American base. They told us that tensions were incredibly high, and that the South Koreans biggest fear was that the Americans would bug out..Our friends son was stationed there, so it was a great concern for him.
I had a friend from college who served two years in Korea at the DMZ in the early 1980’s. He told me that his time there consisted of hours of sheer boredom mixed in with some moments of absolute terror. According to him, there were firefights with the North that were never reported in the press.
Heres an idea: We pull our troops out and use the saved money to cut some of the deficit. They defend themselves. Any of our advanced weapons they need they can buy from us for cold, hard cash.