60 Years In, Obama Sees Korea as ‘Lesson’ for Afghan War

Korean War Still Going On, Costing US Billions

At a ceremony recognizing the signing of an armistice that nominally ended hostilities on the Korean Peninsula 60 years ago, President Obama touted the conflict as a “forgotten victory” for the US military and sought to use it as an example of the “legacy” of the US occupation of Afghanistan.

“Korea was a victory,” Obama insisted, praising South Korea as a “vibrant democracy” since the US involvement in the Korean War, and omitting mention of those couple of military coups along the way.

The US has also deployed massive amounts of troops to South Korea for the past 60 years, an outlay of billions of dollars to continue fighting a war that still hasn’t technically ended, and which every year or two seems to be on the brink of erupting into bloody clashes again.

President Obama signed a deal to keep US troops in Afghanistan through at least 2024, but in the context of Korea that seems to be overly optimistic, with Obama apparently seeing another half century of occupation and a country divided in half as a result not only satisfactory, but one to shoot for.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.