Barack Obama and the Seoul Brother

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bok is getting the hat trick of official honors for a foreign head of state today in Washington, DC: a one-on-one summit with President Obama, an address to a joint session of Congress, and a state dinner at the White House.  The stunning economic achievements of South Korea, and its status as a front-line ally facing a nuclear armed communist state, certainly merit the recognition.   But in the wake of Wikileaks' release of a diplomatic cable indicating that the Japanese government rebuffed the idea of an Obama visit to Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, President Lee must be wondering if his American counterpart is capable of handling the subtlety and complexity of his own and South Korea's delicate situation.  An advocate of close and open relations with the US and a hard line toward the Communist North, Lee's domestic popularity has suffered for these positions recently. President Obama appears to lack any...(Read Full Article)

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