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house Bill H.R. 889

Should the U.S. Military Presence in South Korea Continue Through 2019?

Argument in favor

The presence of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula is the only thing preventing war between North and South Korea. It’s necessary to ensure that our military stays in the region until such time as we’re sure South Korea is strong enough to defend itself and maintain the region’s stability without a U.S. military presence.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/01/2019
Yes, By All Means YES - Their Presence Helps Stabilizes The Region. The presence of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula is the only thing preventing war between North and South Korea. It’s necessary to ensure that our military stays in the region until such time as we’re sure South Korea is strong enough to defend itself and maintain the region’s stability without a U.S. military presence. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 2*28*19.....
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/01/2019
I am not a fan of endless war and all our crazy actions in the Middle East, but South Korea is a different story. We are obligated to help our allies and unlike the Middle East, South Korea and Japan have been true Allies and Friends to the USA. Something that is readily apparent when you visit those countries. The situation on the Korean Peninsula needs to be resolved peacefully, but I support maintaining the armistice until actual peace is made. We can’t and shouldn’t back out of our commitments there until a real peace is made.
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Michael r's Opinion
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03/01/2019
As a Navy member that visited Korea many times and talked to Korean soldiers and sailors, I know that if our military pulled out, there would be several results: 1) South Korea would be terrified with good reason; 2) Despite the assurances of North Korea, they along with China would wait and at the weakest time gladly invade the South and just like before, we would be immersed in another war. From my observations, pulling our troops out would be a serious miscalculation and dismantle the delicate balance that we have had since the Korean War. Shifting things so radically is a gamble that I hope you won’t take!
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Argument opposed

Deterrence on the Korean Peninsula is primarily based on long-range precision strikes by cruise missiles and stealth bombers, not troops on the Korean Peninsula — so it’d be ok to withdraw U.S. troops. Additionally, it’s expensive to keep our military in Korea, so it’s worth considering a troop drawdown to reduce spending.

Anna's Opinion
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03/01/2019
Decrease the military industry. We spend too much on defense and not enough at home on Americans. Scale the military budget down to size, and invest in Americans.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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03/01/2019
I’m for a downsizing of the military presence there and remaining if and only if South Korea wishes for us to remain with no influence from the US Administration.
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Pat's Opinion
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03/01/2019
The US should keep bases in South Korea but it may be okay to decrease the number of bases and/or troops stationed there if the experts determine what number is needed for that area of the world.
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      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    Yes, By All Means YES - Their Presence Helps Stabilizes The Region. The presence of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula is the only thing preventing war between North and South Korea. It’s necessary to ensure that our military stays in the region until such time as we’re sure South Korea is strong enough to defend itself and maintain the region’s stability without a U.S. military presence. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 2*28*19.....
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    Decrease the military industry. We spend too much on defense and not enough at home on Americans. Scale the military budget down to size, and invest in Americans.
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    I am not a fan of endless war and all our crazy actions in the Middle East, but South Korea is a different story. We are obligated to help our allies and unlike the Middle East, South Korea and Japan have been true Allies and Friends to the USA. Something that is readily apparent when you visit those countries. The situation on the Korean Peninsula needs to be resolved peacefully, but I support maintaining the armistice until actual peace is made. We can’t and shouldn’t back out of our commitments there until a real peace is made.
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    As a Navy member that visited Korea many times and talked to Korean soldiers and sailors, I know that if our military pulled out, there would be several results: 1) South Korea would be terrified with good reason; 2) Despite the assurances of North Korea, they along with China would wait and at the weakest time gladly invade the South and just like before, we would be immersed in another war. From my observations, pulling our troops out would be a serious miscalculation and dismantle the delicate balance that we have had since the Korean War. Shifting things so radically is a gamble that I hope you won’t take!
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    Last year, #45 made a premature and bad decision when he ended military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. We were given a preview of how disastrous it could be if we were not aiding our longtime South Korean ally. That horrendous decision was most likely on both ‘Why I Should Leave This Administration’ lists for both Marine Corps 4-star Generals, Mattis and Kelly. Thankfully, they were able to correct that huge mistake and the military exercises resumed. The Bozo-in-Chief has stepped on and dismissed so many of our Allies. It is no surprise that in 2018, Germany’s Prime Minister Merkel declared that the U.S. could not be counted as a faithful ally of the European stage and Europe “could no longer rely on U.S. protection”. That may sound okay to U.S. isolationists. However, we live in a world where nuclear weapons are in the arsenal of many unbalanced Dictators; which demands our steadfast alignment with our allies worldwide. Unfortunately, since taking office, #45 has continued to marr U.S. trustworthiness with just about all our allies on the World stage. In the end, we may find ourselves, (as sung in the famous nursery rhyme), as “the cheese stands alone”!
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    Longer if necessary. Hopefully South Korea will allow us to stay. I personally don’t trust North Korea.
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    We should build up in South Korea. And South Korea should pay the bill. Trust me when I say they can easily afford it. And arm Japan with nuclear weapons as a serious deterrent to China’s rapidly growing threats.
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    I’m for a downsizing of the military presence there and remaining if and only if South Korea wishes for us to remain with no influence from the US Administration.
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    The US should keep bases in South Korea but it may be okay to decrease the number of bases and/or troops stationed there if the experts determine what number is needed for that area of the world.
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    Absolutely it should continue, and never stop. Our presence there is as vital as our presence in NATO. #MAGA
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    Our military presence in Korea should continue until such time as we are fully guaranteed that North Korea no longer poses any threat to South Korea or to the world. Of course, our presence there depends to a large degree on the willingness of South Korea to want us there. But, I feel sure that our presence is a deterrent South Korea welcomes and will continue to welcome for the foreseeable future!
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    Technically The two Korea’s are still at war. There was an Armistace signed in 1953/54 but that is only a cease fire! Not an end to hostilities or war! And as that war to defend South Korea “The Republic if Korea” was actually a U.N. Action. The U.N. Has not declared an end of war or hostilities to this date! There fire as the United States is not only a friend but a formal ally of The Republic of Korea it would totally be up to both the ROK and UN to decide if U.S. Forces and all other forces that are stationed there ie; Australia, Britain, Netherlands and more as it is an ongoing U.N. Intervention. Therefore as The North Koreans are continuing to play hide and seek with their nuclear and missile programs and demanding that we not only lift all sanctions and remove our forces them that tells me that they did not come to the bargaining table fully prepared to deal! Trump is so right by walking away with a smile as he won the Day! If that were Obama it say Hillary Clinton then today would have been a dark day for not only us but the world!
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    Yes. Keep military presence in South Korea.
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    Undoubtedly, we have been protecting these people for nearly 60 years we cannot just turn or back on them!!!
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    The U.S. needs to stop planting our military on every single landmass in the world! This bill doesn’t even allow us to reduce troop levels. We act like we’re the world police, but we’re incredibly bad at it as demonstrated by the mess that we have created in the Middle East. Reducing our troop presence is not going to increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Simply having the most powerful military in the world is going to deter any kind of serious conflict in the region.
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    The United States of America has no right to be in any location of the Korean Peninsula. One of the reasons North Korea is in such an authoritarian state is because the United States keeps on threatening them with the continuing presence of military occupation in South Korea. This is in addition to the occupation of the Korean Peninsula being too expensive to maintain. As evil as Kim Jong-Un is, he has good reason to fear the United States. North Korea didn't drop nuclear bombs on an adversarial country. The United States did. North Korea isn't waging war on democratic governments throughout the world. The United States is. North Korea doesn't have an overwhelming military presence throughout the entire world. The United States does. If we want diplomacy with North Korea to work then the USA needs to be more friendly. We can start doing that by withdrawing our troops from the Korean Peninsula and show Kim Jong-Un that we can have a nuclear free world if we PEACEFULLY cooperate with each other.
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    U.S. military presence in South Korea should be maintained through 2099 as long as there is still a declared war in the peninsula. We entered that area to prevent a friendly democracy from being overcome and destroyed, and we are still there to prevent exactly that. North Korea still attempts to build tunnels south beyond the DMZ from time to time, and could light up this war at any time. We need to remain until we are no longer needed.
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    If we leave, N. Korea would invade S. Korea and it would be very difficult to get them out.
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    Yes, terrorism is not the greatest threat to US security. The global flashpoint has shifted from the middle to the Far East and our continued military presence is an absolute necessity for global stability. Conflict between India and Pakistan, the possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan and the constant threat of a North Korean attack on our allies are all scenarios that need to be contained quickly using our forward operating military forces in SK and JP.
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    South Korea is a wealthy country. They can pay for their own military defense.
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