The United States has announced it will send a wing of Grey Eagle attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea. Is this a part of a larger strategy?
Brian Becker invited Will Griffin, a member of the US-based task force Stop THAAD in Korea and US Militarism in Asia and & Pacific, to discuss the issue.
The Korean Peninsula has captured the world's attention of late. While North Korea launched a ballistic missile that is in theory capable of delivering a nuclear device, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was impeached over corruption allegations, leaving the nation in the state of disarray. So why would the US send a wing of attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea?
According to Griffin, this step will not end in any kind of peaceful negotiations or nuclear disarmament. The US has been ramping up its military pressure on North Korea for several years, after US President Barack Obama put a stop to negotiations that took place during both Clinton and Bush Administrations.
"North Korea is doing what any rational country would do if another military is building up near its borders," Griffin says.
"This is how the US foreign policy has been for several decades now: just using its military power to interact with the rest of the world."
The unusual point about this deployment is that it has been publicly announced, something from which the US armed forces in South Korea used to refrain. This way, the deployment becomes a political message.
And that political message is, from the US government perspective, "My way, or the highway!!"