February 21, 2024

Despite Trump’s claims, U.S. troops in the region have value

Republican nominee's proposals show little understanding of wider security situation in Asia

Koreans have good reason to be concerned about Donald Trump. It’s fine for him to want to “make America great again,” to denounce his opponents, all of them, in the most scathing, insulting terms, but it’s hard to believe that this seemingly tough guy would actually betray South Korea.

That’s exactly what Trump threatens to do when he suggests the U.S. might as well pull its 78,500 or so troops from Korea and Japan. He wants to know what the U.S. is getting for this investment but doesn’t seem aware of the obvious responses.