Naval War College Review


Edward A. Olsen


Thanks to the TV comedy series M*A*S*l I, the US military presence in Korea is arguably the best known but least understood component of the United States' strategic presence in Asia. In the wake of the American debacle in Vietnam juxtaposed with the economic and other successes of the United States' South Korean protégé, it comes as no surprise to Americans that Washington wants to keep US forces steadfastly committed in Korea-a place where they fought and, after a fashion, won.