Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 25, 1977 · Page 29
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Wed., May25.1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 29 Singlaub tells Congress 'unwise' to abandon Korea By DANIEL F, GILMORE removed personally by Carter WASHINGTON (UPI) - as chief of staff of US. forces Be'ribboned Maj. Gen. John in Soulh Korea for warning that Singlaub, fired by President Carter's plan to withdraw the Carter from his Army post in troops within five years could South Korea, told Congress lead to another Korean war. today it would be "unwise" for .the United States to abandon military' protection of that country. Singlaub testified that "most "It is very unwise to withdraw the main force that causes such problems for North Korea without some countervailing concession," said Sin- responsible officers" and most glaub today under questioning. U.S. Embassy officials in Seoul But he quickly added: "That is agreed that the withdrawal of. just a personal opinion." more than 30,000 U.S. troops The general also testified that from South Korea could lead to despite his queries, the Joint an attack from communist Chiefs of Staff have never North Korea. explained the reasoning for the But he also told the House troop withdrawal. Armed Services Investigations Rep. Robin Beard, D-Tenn., Subcommittee he did not intend asked if Carter gave him any "to take issue with our stated explanation during their 30- nalional security policy" in a minute meeting Saturday at the recent newspaper interview. White House. He was subsequently ordered "He did not give me any to the White House and explanation,"saidSinglaub. "My naiveness of press I have dedicated my life to the relations has generated this preservation df the Constitution situation," said the two-star and to carrying out the orders general, wearing full uniforn and directives of my super- with nine rows of decorations at ors." his appearance before a House Committee Chairman Samuel Armed Services Investigations Stratton, D-N.Y., said today's Subcommittee. hearing signaled a general prepared Reading from statement, the general said he thought he was giving a Washington Post · reporter '.'background" and had been speaking from '"a purely military point of view." Committee officials made clear that they were seeking information on why so many top U.S. Army officials in Korea agreed with Singlaub and the committee was not challenging Carter's removal of Singlaub for speaking out against stated U.S. policy. "At the outset I want to make it clear that I am in no way at odds with the concept of understand the key issues to be faced by the participants in the U-S.-Kcrean negotiations which are taking place at this time. "Under these circumstances, I was undoubtedly less guarded in the choice of words and the use of caviats than I would have been if I had expected attribution." Singlaub said the question he "any potential aggessor in the was asked by the reporter was Pacific" that the United States worded: "Do you think that to inquiry into U.S. armed forces commitments around the world. Carter last week warned would stand by its defense commitments and that even if American troops are removed from South Korea within five years, U.S. air support will remain in the area. Singlaub, 55, said it was not his intent "to operate outside President Carter's plan withdraw all ground forces from Korea is likely to encourage (North Korean President) Kim Il-sung and lead to war?" Singlaub said he responded "that senior Republic of Korea the chain of command" and officers would give a very appeal directly to the public definite yes to that question, 'through the press "or to and that, from and that, from the purely military point of view, I agreed with them." "I went on to point out, 5OOPER BUY CUTTER INSECT REPELLENT SPRAY iota,. punch Eneijdaj Low Discount Price $1.97 SOOPER BUY STICK .750;.Sin. Evendat Low Discount Price 51.47 Yoiisaie press "or criticize a decision of my commander in chief (Carter)." He said the incident which civilian control of the military led to "this unwanted publicity however," the general testified, and I know of no officer who and my ultimate relief from "that President Carter has is," Singlaub told the subcom- assignment in Korea" was due many other factors to consider, to his misunderstanding on an and since he has available to interview he had with the Post him the same military intelli- reporter in Korea. gence we have in Korea, I "I was under the impression assume that other nonmilitary that I was speaking on back- factors are overriding." ground to help the reporter The general, in an interview mittee. "I can state categorically," he said, it was not his intention "to take issue with our staled national security policy." "Like all professional officers Park: All AD PRICES GOOD FOR 7 D«»S. VIFDNES- OH 1HBOUGH 1HE FOLLOWING TUESDAY. DISCOUNT SEOUL, South Korea (UPI) --South Korean President Park Chung-hee told a special American delegation today the withdrawal of U.S. ground forces from Korea must be preceded by measures to ensure peace on the Korean peninsula. . Park met" Gen. George Brown, chairman of the Joiiff~ Chiefs of Staff, and Philip C. Habib, undersecretary, of state, for political affairs, for three hours at the Blue House, the officialpresidentialresidence. President Carter's two envoys arrived in Seoul Tuesday for. consultations with Korean lead-, ers on the planned pullout of U.S. ground troops. The recall by Carter last week of Maj. Geri. John Singlaub, who had been chief of staff of U.S. forces in Korea, has focused attention qn the concerns voiced by Singlaub and other American military men -that- the pullout could invite an attack from North Korea. The broad question of American troop commitments also was coming under scrutiny in Washington today before a House Armed Services subcommittee -- with Singlaub as its first witness. Following today's meeting at the Blue House, presidential spokesman Urn Bang-hyon said the American officials- explained the basic U.S. plan for the ground forces withdrawal to the Korean leader. · "The president at the meeting pointed out that the most important thing in connection with the ground forces pullout is that necessary measures to assure security must be surely taken linked with the withdrawal," the spokesman said. Park said the measures should include the maintenance of deterrents to the recurrence of war and . assistance in upgrading South Korea's defense capabilities. His chief concern, the spokesman said, was to maintain the military balance on the Korean peninsula. : "Our basic stand, in other words, calls for supplementary measures first and withdrawal next," Park told the visitors. "And we hope that will be the case." . Habib and Brown explained to the president that the U.S. published last week, said the removal of 40,000 U.S. soldiers from South Korea "will lead to war." He was abruptly summoned to the White House and Saturday, after a meeting with the President, lost his job. He will be reassigned. 'The fact that this thing erupted made it fortuitous for the committee's investigation," Stratton said. The committee wants to know what facts the crewcut, 55-year, old general has to back up his claim, or if, after meeting his cbmmander-in-chief.hisopinion has altered. "This (the troop withdrawal proposed by Carter) is a policy decision that has never been brought to Congress," Stratton said. "If it runs the grave risk of war, it is something that Congress should have a major say in." Stratton said Singlaub's testimony was just the start of "a general inquiry into our defense posture around the world." He said he expected to call Undersecretary of State Philip Habib and Gen. George Brown, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, both in Korea now to ensured plan calls for a carefully phased withdrawal of American ground forces from Korea in four to five years and it should not upset the military balance in Korea, the spokesman said. He said the American officials reconfirmed America's determination to carry out its security commitment to South Korea and said that U.S. Air Force, units will stay on in South Korea. Habib and Brown said the withdrawal will be carefully planned not to invite North Korea's miscalculations of the Korean peninsula's military balance. They said that the United States will actively 'support South Korea's plans to strengthen its defense capabilities, according to the spokesman. assess the withdrawal plan. Stratton said the "general tenor" of the House opposes the planned troop withdrawals, and noted that a measure to pull out 17,000 troops by next year was overwhelmingly defeated only last month. He said Singlaub's testimony "highlights the whole question much more dramatically than if you just brought in a retired general." Since Congress has not sanctioned a U.S. withdrawal from Korea it has "the highest interest in hearing opposing views," Stratton added. In his controversial interview, Singlaub, the third-ranking general in South Korea, told a Washington Post reporter in Seoul: "If we withdraw our ground forces on the schedule suggested, it will lead (o war." Carter, during his presidential campaign last year, said that if elected he would withdraw the U.S. for'.-e over a period of liinf- As Pri'siiHit. he has reiterated this pledge as policy, and almost all of the force is scheduled to be out within five years. 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