I’ve been arguing for awhile now that the United States needs to “bring the troops home” from places like South Korea, Germany, Italy, the UK and Japan. Investor’s Daily seems to agree:
We’ve been Europe’s security blanket for six decades. We are Japan’s security blanket. We are South Korea’s. It’s been said that were it not for us, the French would be speaking German and the Germans would be speaking Russian. In 1938, the West decided it couldn’t be Czechoslovakia’s security blanket and sold out that country in Munich, Germany. The rest, as they say, is history.
Anyone who believes that our troop presence is “inflaming the situation” in Iraq must also visit Seoul, or talk to the Okinawans – places where there is a lot of friction between the locals and the US military.
So why do we stay in these places? If we must leave Iraq, shouldn’t we leave Germany – a nation that has lived “under occupation” for sixty years – first?