President Trump supported the ROK’s leading role in fostering an environment for peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.The two leaders expressed deep concern about the well-being of the DPRK’s people, particularly in light of the egregious human rights violations and abuses committed against them by the government, and noted their intention to ensure sanctions have minimal impact on the DPRK’s vulnerable populations. President Trump expressed support for President Moon’s aspiration to restart inter-Korean dialogue on issues, including humanitarian affairs. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of cooperating with the international community to hold the DPRK accountable for substantial progress on the deplorable human rights situation in that country....The two leaders shared the view that strong and dynamic ties between our two countries are the foundation of the United States-ROK Alliance.They decided to advance future-oriented cooperation through high-level consultations in the areas of economy and trade, renewable and nuclear energy, science and technology, space, environment, health, and defense technology. President Trump and President Moon affirmed that the United States and the ROK will work together to support and uphold the rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific region. The two leaders affirmed that the strength of the United States-ROK Alliance serves as testament to the power of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and acknowledged that the future of the two countries is linked through people-to-people ties, with more than 1.7 million Korean Americans in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans visiting and working in the ROK each year, and close ties created through cultural programs and student and professional exchanges. President Trump and President Moon heralded the exemplary nature of the United States-ROK Alliance, from strengthening our security by deterring and defending against the DPRK threat, enhancing strong regional relations, and advancing our economic relationship and expanding our global partnership. Both leaders expressed their expectation that the friendship and partnership between the two countries will continue to strengthen and grow for many decades to come.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Some good news here. Many positive statements in this joint statement. I hope both the ROK and US national security practitioners can take this as strategic guidance for the alliance and use this in policy, strategy, and campaign plan development. It will be interesting to see when President Trump will travel to Korea.
Seems like we may be seeing the foundation laid for a good cop-bad cop strategy with the ROK taking the lead on engagement (which I fully support if it is supporting a strategy of influencing the Korean people living in the north and the 2d tier leadership and the elite to change the Kim Family Regime - and you are free to interpret change any way you like as long we are are influencing and supporting internal change).
The key statements I was looking for made it into the statement are on unification (with recognition of a ROK lead) and the human rights of the "Korean people living in the north" - I would have preferred use of that phrase recognizing one Korea people rather than "the DPRK's people" but I will take this as an excellent start.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Of course it would not be a new Korean War but a continuation of the current one that was temporarily suspended by the 1953 Armistice. But we do not always get to choose the titles of our articles.
Monday, June 12, 2017
It is with great sadness that I pass this on. I am sure there will be complete obituaries telling his amazing story in coming days.
He of course retired just as I was entering the Army so I never served with him. However, one of my bosses gave me a xeroxed copy of his 20 Characteristics of Special Operations, Special Operations Planning Suggestions, and Six Requirements of Special Operations in the 1980's and I have been carrying them around with me every since. They can be read here on my blog: http://maxoki161.blogspot.com/2014/03/20-characteristics-of-special.html
Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson dead at 93
RICE, Va. — Retired Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson, who had a long military and intelligence career and was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1992 to 2000, has died, the college announced. He was 93.
Wilson, who was known as “General Sam,” died Saturday at his home in Rice, Virginia.
Wilson served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was known for coining the term “counter-insurgency” as well as for helping to create Delta Force, the U.S. Army’s special forces group.
Long before that, he joined the Army as a 16-year-old private in 1940. He taught guerrilla and counter-guerrilla tactics at the Infantry School at Fort Benning in Georgia in 1942 and 1943. He became a first lieutenant at the age of 19 and was chief reconnaissance officer for a unit known as Merrill’s Marauders, which operated behind enemy lines in Burma during World War II.
At the end of the war, he was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, which was the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, in Southeast Asia. He later worked as a CIA officer in West Berlin and a defense attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during the Cold War.
Wilson retired from the Army in 1977 and became a political science professor at Hampden-Sydney while continuing to consult with officials in Washington.
Hampden-Sydney President Larry Stimpert says Wilson steered the college through a difficult period when enrollment growth slowed and the college considered whether to allow women. The governing board ultimately decided to keep college all-male, and under Wilson’s leadership, enrollment growth resumed and the endowment nearly doubled. Hampden-Sydney remains one of the nation’s few remaining private colleges for men.
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