reply to post by Jim Scott
I think you've misconstrued my post.
I never said it was
"an illegal force", however, if Japan decised they do not want the bases and passes a law to get rid of them, that
it an illegal force. Japan is Soveriegn and isn't occupied by the USA, it was, but not anymore. If the hosts ask you to leave, then you
don't really have much of a choice, not unless you want to get into some serious diplomatic trouble. It matters not about previous agreements;
contracts can be cancelled, treaties broken, what have you. Happens all the time.
As to my comments about foreign troops on US soil, I know they're there, you know they're there, but there are plenty of redneck types on these very
boards who would crap kittens if they thought a single foreign troop was on their soil. They'd start crying about the "NWO" and how "UN soldiers
are here to take over"... You know the ones I mean
Now, I wasn't offering any criticism whatsoever to the US and its bases around the world. I am well aware of the peceived need and it is the same
reason why we have bases around the world too. I was merely pointing out that the US Governments response is moot if Japan tells them to eff-off.
Oh, there is virtually bugger all US forces based in the UK. Only two operational air-bases, at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, are in existence.
There is virtually no US Army or Navy presence, aside from visits of passing ships or training.
You are not here for "our defence" and never were. The UK was seen as an ideal platform to base strike aircraft in to protect Europe
, not the
UK, from Soviet aggression. The UK is quite uninvadeable, not without significant cost anyway. Not even the Nazi's at the height of the power even
bothered as they knew the risks were too great. The UK was seen as a bloody large Aircraft carrier, not something that needed protecting. We are quite
capable of doing that ourselves, thankyou very much.
Japan is not a defenceless country either. I am not sure what gives you that impression. They do not to "rebuild" their military, it is more than
adequate for the job today.