South Korea is a major ally, an economic powerhouse, and a very interesting place. It resembles the US in some ways; multiparty democracy, free market economy, professional baseball, an addiction to coffee (more than 1,000 Starbucks). But in many other ways we differ. Korea has mandatory military service for males, leads the world in plastic surgery, has the best subway system in the world, has broadband everywhere, along with the world's fastest download speeds, has a one-term presidency, and doesn't allow same-sex marriages. We'll look at US-Korea ties since the Korean War and some of the reasons our two countries are so close, in spite of the many ways in which we differ.
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