The United States said Friday it would pull 9,000 Marines out of Japan as it seeks to ease a long-running standoff over the future of its huge military presence in one of its top Asian allies. The redeployment will see the troops sent to Guam, Hawaii and Australia.
Withdrawing troops was originally part of plans to move a busy US airbase on Okinawa to another area of the southern island chain but US officials decided to separate the two issues due to ongoing opposition to the base relocation.
In a joint statement issued in Washington and Tokyo, the two sides said they remained committed to move the Futenma base from its present urban site to a coastal spot.
The relocation is being heavily resisted among many locals, who want to see the base moved out of Okinawa altogether…
Still no opening up of secret treaties the United States was able to force Japan to sign as part of that nation’s unconditional surrender after the US dropped atomic bombs destroying two cities.
Japan and the United States have long clashed over Okinawa, the site of sporadic tensions with US troops. Around half of the 47,000 US service personnel in Japan are based on the strategically located island chain, which is nearer to Taiwan than it is to Tokyo…
Some activists in Okinawa have pressed for the base to be removed completely and the controversy felled one Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, who failed to fulfil campaign pledges in 2009 to renegotiate the deal.
After he was elected on his pledge to kick the United States military off Okinawa – Obama showed him the treaties and ordered him to shut up
Around 5,000 of those leaving Okinawa would be heading to Guam, with the remainder going to Hawaii and Australia where Washington is “establishing a US Marine Corps rotational presence”, the statement said…
The agreement is part of the same old foreign policy which has the US maintaining troops in 176 countries because of all those other countries that supposedly threaten us by NOT stationing their military all over the globe. In other words, Obama is just as much of a hypocrite and liar about fighting for peace as any other Democrat politician. And their Republican twins.
We’re the only nation that still threatens war on a global scale.
Washington has given up on moving 8,000 U.S. Marines to the U.S. territory of Guam from Japan by 2014…a potential blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan who is already struggling over a U.S. base dispute.
The planned transfer of Marines from the southern island of Okinawa is a part of a larger agreement between Washington and Tokyo that includes relocating functions of the U.S. Futenma airbase in Okinawa to a less crowded area on the island…
Any postponement over moving the controversial base on Okinawa, host to about half the U.S. troops in the country, could be a blow to Kan’s government, already reeling from a poor showing in an upper house election this month…
A scrapped government pledge to move the base off Okinawa had sparked anger from local residents who complain of noise, pollution and crime, and led to the resignation of Kan’s predecessor in June.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada reaffirmed in a meeting in Hanoi…that experts will work out details of the Futenma relocation site by end-August as agreed in a May deal. But doubts remain over whether the deal can be implemented on time.
An election for the Okinawa governor is due in November and the result could also affect plans to move the airbase, coming near the time when U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to visit Japan for an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit.
If there’s anything that reveals how tied at the hip our two supposedly conflicted political parties are – it’s the phoniness of foreign policy “discussion”. Both parties function on behalf of the new imperialism we took over from the Brits after World War 2.
Differences are of degree and tactic – not qualitative relations with foreign countries, not strategy. Our military is stationed all over the globe at immense expense – and none of that is to be questioned. Not by Congress. Not by Americans without risk of their “patriotism” being evaluated by our insecurity services.
Obama differs not from Kennedy or LBJ – who didn’t stand out in a crowd of Nixons or Reagans.
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.
This new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
You’ll love the quote from the brigade commander:
“It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”
Doesn’t it just warm the cockles of your heart to know our government cares so much about peace, love and our security that they’re going to station soldiers in the U.S. to back it up?