On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Forces of Japan attacked U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor. Congress declared war against Japan and the U.S. entered World War II. On December 7, 2016, the U.S. will have been an occupying force in Japan for 75 years. While I believe that the U.S. has shown great compassion and has given great assistance to Japan, it is far past time for the U.S. to leave Japan.
After 75 years, the U.S. has more than 52,000 military personnel stationed in Japan. Japan, in my view, is quite capable of defending their own country. Donald Trump, and Donald Trump alone, was the only serious presidential candidate in 2016 who discussed how future American military forces might be deployed.
In my view, American military Forces should have been removed from Japan more than 35 years ago. More importantly, the U.S. and Japan have defense treaties that date back to 1947. With the emergence of a new and modernized China, it seems like there is also a need for the U.S. to have a balanced policy in the Asian region.
As an American, I can not fully express my everlasting appreciation to the men who fought and died in World War II to keep our country free.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: While the editor supports a balanced policy in Asia, I do not include North Korea in any policy. North Korea remains the only hostile threat in the region and President Trump will have to decide how to deal with this issue. )