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.