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Unformatted text preview: SDI 2010 File Category File Name Inherency 1AC US and ROK tied together military under Mutual Defense Treaty Bandow, former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, 10 (Doug, 5-14-2010, “The U.S.-South Korea Alliance Outdated, Unnecessary, and Dangerous”, http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11965 , da: 7-14-2010, mjb) The alliance is outdated, but in the shortterm the United States and South Korea are tied together militarily. Their responses to the sinking of the Cheonan have reflected that relationship , thus Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vague promise of “consequences” for North Korea in response to the Cheonan sinking. However, Washington should leave imposition of those consequences to Seoul. There are low-risk steps which the Obama administration could take, but almost all would be counterproductive. For instance, naming the North a terrorist state for sinking the Cheonan would demonstrate that the designation has little or nothing to do with terrorism .28 Sinking a military vessel may be an act of war, but it does not fit the definition of terrorism. Formally killing the Six-Party Talks might provide the ROK and the United States some satisfaction but it also would eliminate the only ongoing U.S.-North Korean dialogue and might make it harder to enlist China’s assistance in dealing with the North.29 In fact, after the sinking the Obama administration supported restarting these negotiations. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley explained : “I wouldn’t necessarily link those directly . And we want to see North Korea come back to the six-party process.” 30 However, the administration has not pushed the issue since the North’s complicity became obvious. Finally, reinforcing America’s military posture on the peninsula represents a move in the wrong direction. Victor Cha of Georgetown University, who was the NSC director for Asian Affairs in the latter years of the Bush administration, advocates “reestablishing deterrence on the peninsula .”31 Exactly when and how deterrence disappeared he does not 6 Seoul does not need to replicate America’s military to defeat the North’s military . detail, but responsibility for any “reestablishment” should lie with Seoul . Similarly, Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation advocates enhancing U.S. naval forces in the Yellow Sea.32 However, South Korea already possesses larger, betterequipped, and more modern vessels than does the North. The sinking of the Cheonan should serve as a wake-up call to Seoul to focus its military build-up on its own defense rather than regional or global mission...
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