US President Donald Trump has sounded retreat in East Asia by abandoning war games on the Korean Peninsula and reversing the Clinton/Obama Asian Pivot, according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.
Trump on Monday cited “cost” as the reason for canceling annual joint military exercises with South Korea. He tweeted that he cancelled the war games to save hundreds of millions of US dollars that were never returned.
“I made that decision long ago because it costs the US far too much money to have those ‘games’, especially since we are not reimbursed for the tremendous cost!” he stated.
Trump added that another benefit of cancelling the annual joint springtime military drills was that it reduced tensions with North Korea, which was “a good thing”.
“Trump’s decision to cancel annual South Korean-US military war games is a welcome reprieve from the…