Guess who’s going back to Afghanistan:
The National Assembly has passed a bill to deploy troops to Afghanistan. At the parliament meeting on Thursday a majority of the ruling Grand National Party approved the bill while opposition members walked out in protest.
The bill will establish the deployment of 350 troops to support civilians and help rebuild Afghanistan, where the U.S. is still battling al Qaeda and the Taliban. The deployment will last for two years and six months starting in July until the end of 2012.
The Hani isn’t happy, of course. Would be worth reading if they had the stones to at least admit who their initial promise to withdraw was made to.
Needless to say, I’m of mixed feelings about this. On one hand, as an American, I don’t want to see my country lose a war once it’s started, and I welcome the help. It’s nice to see Korea help an ally, too, and I guess — speaking rather coldly — the experience will do the ROK military some good. That said, I really don’t see the point of the Afghan exercise anymore, and putting your guys in harm’s way to — well, I’m not exactly sure what, other than as a show of being a good ally — doesn’t really make sense to me, especially at this late stage of the game.