For 65 years, the United States has maintained a military force in the Republic of Korea (ROK) that’s always numbered at least in the tens of thousands.
It’s time to bring that to an end.
Of the 28,500 American troops, the overwhelming majority are of the US Army, scattered throughout the nation on dozens of bases, both minor and major. There is also a sizable minority of US Air Force personnel stationed at Osan and Kunsan airbases.
The only others would be a smallish US Navy supply base at the end of the peninsula (in Busan, the ROK’s second largest city), and a microscopic US Marine Corps administrative and liaison facility in Daegu.
With all that aside, one of President Trump’s campaign promises was to start bringing our troops home. The Republic of Korea would be a great place to start.
I’m not advocating this because I’m a dove. I’m anything but.
And while it’s debatable if the South Korean people want us on their soil, it’s a sure bet we aren’t needed there.
On the heels of President Trump’s successful first meeting with NoKo dictator Kim Jung-un, don’t buy off on the liberal media’s hyper-ventilating that without US troops in-country, somehow South Korea is “wide open for invasion!” as I’ve recently heard some twit over at MSNBC breathlessly claim.
As previously stated, we have slightly under 30,000 members of all branches of our armed forces stationed in the Republic… but do you know the size of the ROK military?
Active duty strength alone stands at nearly a two-third of a million (625,000). Reservists number 5.2 million. That’s right, I said million.
Not bad for a nation roughly the size of Minnesota.
In fact, the everything military website GlobalFirePower.com ranks the ROK as the 7th most powerful military force on the planet.
Besides, right behind the ROK is Japan at number eight.
In spite of Japan’s post-WW II constitution forbidding an offensive military, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing his level best to amend such. And besides, Japan has one of the most technologically advanced navy and air force, not just in the Far East, but anywhere.
But back to Korea. To add insult to injury, the four million man ROK armed forces isn’t even commanded by a Korean.
A hangover from the Korean War, the United Nations commander of all allied forces in South Korea was and still is an American general.
As cited from the official website of the ROK/US Combined Forces Command;
The CFC is commanded by a four-star U.S. general, with a four-star ROK Army general as deputy commander.
Regardless that South Korean troops outnumber American troops 22-1, that’s got to be humiliating for our Korean allies.
Take my word for it, the South Koreans are more than capable of defending their own nation.
Besides, if the North Koreans ever do something unbelievably stupid, like invade the south, the 3d Marine Division, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and the Navy’s 7th Fleet are right next door in Japan.