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By James V. Young

Col. James V. younger spent nearly two decades in Asia, together with fourteen in Korea. right here, he writes with the services of an previous Korea hand a couple of interval that observed South Korea boost from an agrarian economic climate to a latest business state.

younger volunteered in 1969 for a brand new application geared toward developing zone experts in the army. In 1975, after 4 years of educating in Korean language and tradition, he witnessed how American diplomats confident Park ChungHee, the South Korean president, to not enhance his personal nuclear weapons.

Later, from the viewpoint of an army attaché, younger observed the distrust that characterised U.S.Korean family members through the Nineteen Seventies. He offers new insights into the behindthescenes efforts to derail President Jimmy Carter’s troop withdrawal regulations and argues that the U.S. used to be stuck flatfooted via such an important episodes because the coup of 1979 and the 12/12 Incident.

Young’s memoir straddles the road among army and diplomatic heritage and gives wonderful and sometimes funny tales. these drawn to the zone, the problems, and army existence off the battlefield will worth this book.

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This would not be a full-scale invasion force, but one that would have limited objectives. It would nonetheless be a forceful, punitive raid designed to inflict casualties and provide a lesson to the North Koreans that they could not get away with murder without serious and substantial retaliation. The first option was rejected as too weak, the second as too strong. Eventually it was decided that the best response would be one that had limited objectives, did not run the chance of leading to all-out war, would still intimidate the North Koreans, and get the message through that we were not playing games.

Maurice Weisner (second from right) just weeks before Pres. Park Chung Hee’s assassination. Colonel Ahiro Hagino, the Japanese military attaché in Seoul during the events of – , with Young in .  ROK soldiers and tank at a university campus in Seoul during the first day of full martial law in May, . Paul Wolfowitz (left), then assistant secretary of state, and Richard Armitage (right), then assistant secretary of defense, with Young and his wife in the Pentagon, .  Ambassador Richard L.

On the issue of nuclear proliferation, however, there was almost total agreement that development of a Korean nuclear weapon would be destabilizing and would probably lead to attempts by other countries in the region to build their own weapons. There was particular concern that, if South Korea was successful in this program, the Soviet Union would assist North Korea in building a nuclear weapon or that Japan would rethink its existing nonnuclear policy. S. policymakers decided to take all necessary measures to convince the South Koreans to abandon this project.

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