The United States has more than 30,000 military personnel stationed on Okinawa, one of the Japanese islands, and 9000 of them are scheduled to be stationed elsewhere “as soon as possible”.
We have troops situated strategically here and there on the planet, in our continuing role as a controlling force in the balancing act between nations that seem to be perpetually belligerant and covetous of their neighbors living space.
I think our interests might be better served if we were to pay a whole lot more attention to our own borders and less to the problems of others. The Japanese have always resented our presence in their country. They consider Americans to be barbarians because we wear our shoes indoors, even though they committed some of the worst war atrocities of the last war they were in. But because of us, they have never taken part in another war and all things considered, that’s a mighty good thing.
I don’t think that it’s necessary to have armed garrisons of thousands of troops stationed all over the world in order to be a World Power. Russia had dominated a lot of Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union, and was a world power without having a global presence. When they wanted to show dominance somewhere they simply sent in lots of troops and started fighting, rather than try to maintain bases thousands of miles from home.
China is now a world power. They don’t have any outlying bases anywhere that I know of. They’re expanding outward from their own area, but the Chinese don’t maintain remote military bases either.
Some of the troops leaving Japan will go to Australia. Whatever in the Hell for, do we need a military presence in Australia? They can handle their own problems just fine on their own and they don’t like us there anyway.
The correct response in Afghanistan would have been to use a few tactical nukes to sterilize the known Taliban/bin Laden areas after the 9/11 attack, and been done with it. No one would have blamed us and that’s a fact.
Our involvement in foreign wars needs to stop and our maintenance of foreign military bases needs to end. We will still be a world power and we will still have the ability to strike anywhere just as fast or faster than any other nation. We wouldn’t lose one bit of deterrence. It’s by being spread too thin that we lose deterrence, and also by spending too much to maintain our global presence at a time when our borrowing is increasing instead of slowing down.
America has gone from being loved to being hated by many nations and that’s entirely due to our meddling in their affairs. Japan is no different. We won, they lost, they were occupied for some years and controlled and directed for many more. We didn’t plan on annexing them or Germany, as conquerors, we just wanted to make sure that they didn’t gear up for another damned war, and we’ve done that. Time to go.