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, 2017, the U.S. will have been an occupying force in Japan for almost 72 years. While I believe that the U.S. has shown great compassion and given great assistance to Japan, it is far past the time for the U.S. to leave Japan.
One simple example should suffice to convince all sane and sensible Americans that the U.S. military forces should have left Japan more than 36 years ago. The Dictator of North Korea, Kim Jung-un, now has a nuclear capacity and sophisticated rockets to deliver their atomic bombs. Had Japan been allowed and encouraged to defend their own country, I feel 99.999% certain that Japan would have nuclear weapons that exceed the quality of the North Korean weapons. North Korea would not be so bold if they had to deal with a militarized Japan.
However, the dim witted bureaucrats in the U.S. could not comprehend this sane and sensible logic. Therefore, the U.S. is in a situation where the U.S. is bound by outdated treaties to stand in opposition to North Korea. This is a serious error and could cause a nuclear exchange in Asia that could and should have been avoided.
As an American, I can not fully express my everlasting appreciation to the men who fought and died in World War II to keep America safe and free. Hopefully President Donald Trump will develop a wise policy toward the Pacific Asian region that will support all U.S. interests and allow Japan to determine their own defense policies.
R. Van Conoley