Friday, May 4, 2012

WWII leftover: The U.S. exit from Okinawa should be step one

The United States and Japan announced last week that the number of Marines on Okinawa will be reduced from 19,000 to 10,000, easing the longtime strain between the countries caused by the presence of U.S. forces.

U.S. taxpayers are still left pondering the logic of keeping 90 bases and 40,000 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and U.S. civilians on Japanese territory. World War II ended 67 years ago; it's hard to argue that the United States must still "watch" Japan.

Japan also has the world's third- largest economy, behind the United States and China, and is capable of paying for its own defense. The latest evidence is it has offered $3.1 billion to help finance the cost of moving the U.S. forces off Okinawa. Read More