The idea is to deter North Korea. It's easier on their pride to back down before America than before South Korea. If the U.S. withdrew, Korea and Japan would have to build up and a lot of people worry about how China would react. Japan filling the gap left by an American withdrawal is certainly the last thing Koreans want to see.Originally posted by takeo
I think if North Korea has inferior military power than the South, why can't they defend themselves? The US-presence would sure not prevent much damage and when necessary they can very quickly interfeare from japan.
Koreans want the U.S. here. The U.S. wants to keep troops here. That should be good enough for you. About 60 percent of Korean college students support the U.S. presence and the number is probably higher for the country as a whole. Also, I find it very odd that you apparently prefer U.S. troops to be stationed in Japan rather than in Korea. I don't see the logic in moving soldiers away from where the fighting is likely to be.