One of our important allies, South Korea, was snubbed big time by Biden. Worse was the lack of respect for our fallen. Biden could not trouble himself to send a government representative to meet Moon. I bet if Trump was in office he himself might have taken the opportunity to spend some time with Moon Jae-in. It got zero coverage. Moon came half way around the world to pay respect. The U.S government? Zero effort.
Almost 40,000 Americans died in that three-year conflict with North Korea and China. Another 100,000 were wounded and a stunning 7,500 still remain unaccounted for.
This is not the biggest story of the day, but one that is due respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“An American flag is prepared for presentation to the next of kin” by Beverly & Pack is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, flew to Hawaii this week to personally return the recovered remains of six U.S. soldiers from the Korean War in a solemn ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has a lovely collection of photos from these ceremonies if you’d like to get a sense of this important historical event.
An additional report is at HotAir.com.
Moon Jae-in is the President of a nation that has stood as one of our staunchest military and diplomatic allies since before most of us were born and they sit on the front line of one of the most incendiary hotspots on the planet. He came to the United States from halfway around the world to fulfill a sacred obligation to our country.
It didn’t involve much of a trip for the Admiral to meet the South Korean president.
Bringing home the remains of the fallen is always an emotional issue for Americans, many of whom still fly black POW-MIA flags from the Vietnam War. Accessing remains even delayed peace talks after the Vietnam fighting. And the Leave No One Behind mantra raised its emotional head after Biden’s Afghan retreat did leave Americans behind.
So, when the president of a long-time democratic ally and an economic powerhouse, especially one from Asia where signs of respect are so revered and expected, personally gets involved in the return of soldiers’ remains, it’s a pretty big deal. Or should be. The U.S. still has about 30,000 troops stationed in South Korea as a tripwire to deter another North Korean invasion.
The Biden administration, however, sent no one to the ceremony, which also involved repatriating remains of now-identified Korean soldiers to their homeland.
That five-sided military building did assign an admiral, who was very professional and respectful as a military man but not a government rep.
The Korean president, of course, delivered his remarks with dignity, showing no signs of umbrage as he and a Korean Honor Guard handed the remains of six Americans to the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He then accepted the remains of 68 now-identified South Korean troops, which flew back to Korea on the president’s plane. “American and Korean heroes are finally returning home to their families after a 70-year-long wait,” Moon said. The solemn ceremony received little news coverage beyond Honolulu because without White House representation it was unimportant and any news coverage noting that, like this report, might be seen as critical of the administration that is not headed by Donald Trump.
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