I didn't say our allies see no benefit, just that I doubt they see a benefit that's consistent with paying dramatically more for US involvement.
South Korea is a rich country and could certainly build nuclear weapons and defend themselves that way if they wanted to. They don't do it because America asked them not to and pledged other protection in exchange. Because of their decision to take US troops instead of nukes the US not only gains powerful bases in the area but exerts a high level of control over all military engagements there.
So when the US asks South Korea to pay up for protecting it when the only reason it needs us for protection is that they did what we asked them to I'm sure one of their primary answers is 'BRB, nukes'. I imagine Japan would say the same. The point in the end is that people in America tend to focus on what we give as part of this arrangement and ignore what we get (and in many cases have demanded).
Trump is self-described as loving a fight, i.e. fighting. He's not much good at cooperation, at actually working with folks. He's combative. Look at his tweets (something I try hard not to but can't avoid when I check the news). Combative. it's his m.o. Expect no more because you won't get it.Hey c'mon guys. I'd just like to remind everyone that Trump went to a military prep school, receiving "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military."
Checkmate combat vets and Pentagon leadership. Tell it to the bone spurs.
He truly is a reflection of his base.“We were starting to get out on the wrong path, and we really needed to have a course correction and needed to educate, to teach, to help him understand the reason and basis for a lot of these things,” said one senior official involved in the planning. “We needed to change how he thinks about this, to course correct. Everybody was on board, 100 percent agreed with that sentiment. [But] they were dismayed and in shock when not only did it not have the intended effect, but he dug in his heels and pushed it even further on the spectrum, further solidifying his views.”
Assuming SK is 1 inch away from pursuing nuclear weapons. Imo, that is a very big jump in regional escalation and burden on SK.
I'm sure there is space in-between where we are now and nukes.
We should always be looking to move into this space, not just with military power (hard power), but business and cultural influence (soft power.)
IMO, one of Trump's (and the right) greatest weaknesses and mistakes is that he can only think in terms of hard power and do not properly value soft power. This is where China is greatly outplaying us. It's why we are losing Iraq to Iran.
Why should China worry about our presence in a scattering of bases while they are locking up SE Asia and Africa in terms of trade, cultural influence and material supply chains?
Saved for the next time a rightwinger complains on how the left does not support the military.
Has anyone from the GOP spoke against his comments yet or are they waiting for their talking points.
My guess is they are too spineless to actually have a brain to speak their mind (or what is right thing to do)
The talking point is this: this was reported by the "liberal media." Either they are lying or the people they are talking to are lying. Trump never said it.
There is no need to ever listen to what they say because we already know what they're going to say before they say it.
The idea that the US is some rube getting soaked by other countries for their national defense is extremely naive. We are there for our purposes, not theirs.
WTF?Hilarity would be if South Korea gives us the boot and stops subsidizing the US defense industry.
Too bad Japan doesn't give us the boot as well.
Imagine if every country told the US "No thanks"?
Probably see the Navy finally getting some love and actual seat at the table after 40 years of aimless wandering as everyone's bitch.
However, if all those countries decide to flip the bird to US arms manufacturers we'd get to see out defense industry collapse
It was a drive by post and I can understand the "WTF". I could actually have a serious conversation on this if you are up to it. Too much exposure to the trump supporters on this place has led me not putting effort into a lot of discussions nowadays since the Trump supporters still left on this Forum are way off the deepend. Unworthy of even serious response. (I highly promote the ignore function)WTF?
Trump is self-described as loving a fight, i.e. fighting. He's not much good at cooperation, at actually working with folks. He's combative. Look at his tweets (something I try hard not to but can't avoid when I check the news). Combative. it's his m.o. Expect no more because you won't get it.
Does he have the right vague concepts? If you’re referring to US overseas deployments he’s clearly fine with them, he just thinks other countries should be paying us protection money like a mob outfit.
Trump disrespecting the military is fake?? Let me clue what's left of your brain in.I can't believe I forgot this...
Uh, LIBTARDS, you report this fake news of disrespecting our military... Well, where was the LIBTARD outrage for when Obama disrespected this BRAVE Marine?!
What the fuck is this fucking bullshit?!
Oh, but Trump's spitting in the face of our Armed forces, over and over again; naw, not a big deal.