posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 10:46 PM
The United States-South Korean defence agreed that the US would withdraw its esitmated 36,000 deployed there by 1/3 withen a year at the end of june
last year. The biggest such reduction since 1992 (7,000)
What they don't tell you is that all this is doing is reducing the footprint of US forces. There are still U-2s, and otehr improvements in the
defence capability of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) can be accomplished by bringing to bear such systems as Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missiles for air
defence, the army's new Stryker brigade, the navy's High-Speed Vessel, and the forward-deployment of additional air and naval assets to Hawaii and
Guam. Washington is also planning an $11 billion investment in some additional 150 military capabilities over the next four years that will enhance
defence against any North Korean attack.
The US needs to be there in order to be a deterreant and stabilize the area.