quote: Technically, the allied UN forces and North Korea are still at war. There was never a formal peace treaty, just an armistice (cease-fire) which has stood to this day. The U.S. troops based on South Korea call themselves speed bumps. They know their job in a North Korean attack is to die so there will be no impediment to US (if not UN) reprisal.
quote: In exchange, the U.S. agrees to provide for Japan's national defense. That's why the U.S. has bases in Japan.
quote: The U.S. only has 198 troops in in Australia. If there are a thousand Americans stationed there, it's mostly their families and non-military support staff like restaurant workers. http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/MILITARY/his...
quote: Australia narrowly escaped being invaded during WWII. The battle of the Coral Sea was a tactical victory for Japan, sinking one U.S. fleet carrier and nearly sinking a second. At the time, those two carriers were half the U.S. main Pacific battle fleet. But it was a strategic victory for the Allies because Japan's losses forced them to abandon plans to invade Port Moresby in southern New Guinea to secure the south Pacific from Australian planes. In fact that was the reason the U.S. gambled half its fleet at that battle - like the U.K., Australia could not be allowed to fall. Japan's plans to conquer southern New Guinea had to be thwarted. Had the battle gone differently and Japan had gone ahead with their plans for New Guinea, the Australian air bases in Townsville and Cooktown would surely have been bombed regularly. And there's no telling what the fate of northe
quote: Afraid not. You could completely eliminate U.S. military spending - reduce it to zero - and we'd still be running a $700+ billion budget deficit. The 2011 budget deficit is nearly twice as large as U.S. military spending.
quote: Their is a massive technological gap between South and North Korea, which should help in making up for South Korea's smaller military size.
quote: Again why? Since WW2 Japan has been a great, peaceful trading partner.Let the Japanese protect themselves! I believe as a sovereign nation that they should have that right.
quote: Recently the US president and our Prime Minster got together and announced that the US will be stationing a couple hundred troops and then building up to about 2,500 troops on rotation.And the US and Australia have also been in talks to build an Airbase on one of Australia's islands.
quote: But it would still be one way to reduce spending, if you could find all the ways to reduce the spending, it adds up.It's not really an excuse to keep spending yourselves into oblivion.
quote: The US almost went bankrupt last year for instance, don't you think things should change?All that debt... That will end up as taxes that the US citizens have to pay. No way around it.