As usual the journalist omits the key part of the mythical OPCON transfer."
There is no real OPCON transfer. There is the dissolution of the ROK/US Combined Forces Command. That is what is slated to occur in 2015.
US politicians who are opposed to maintaining the ROK/US Combined Forces Command because they think the ROK "is attempting to "free ride" on US security guarantees without doing much to boots its own defenses" might want to 1) examine US interests in Northeast Asia and Asia writ large and 2) ask for an assessment on how to organize the military instruments of power of the Alliance to protect those US interests. However, with all due respect to"some US politicians" I find comments like that disrespectful, disingenuous
and made by those who are ill-informed on the threats, the Alliance, US interests, and military strategy and operations in general.