The United States Should Pull Out Military Forces From The Republic Of Korea

1436 Words Aug 26th, 2016 6 Pages
“We’re better off frankly if South Korea is going to start to protect itself” (Hancocks) presidential candidate Donald Trump states during a CNN interview in April 2016. Statements such as this have reignited the debate over whether the United States should pull out its military forces from the Republic of Korea. Yet, although some critics may argue to end our military commitment to our South Korean partners, a full military withdrawal from northeastern Asia would be a strategic mistake for the US. Due to the security situation in Korea, the US should not withdraw from the Republic of Korea. To be fair to Mr. Trump and critics like him, the context of what he was generally saying in that interview was that the United States gets paid “peanuts” for its protection of South Korea. Many critics such as Trump argue that economic giants such as South Korea should be contributing a lot more to its own defense. I can see why critics like Trump think that way because we have been protecting South Korea for 63 years and money is tight in the US. The fact that the security situation hasn’t changed much within these 63 years also might fuel these frustrations. However, what critics don’t realize is that South Korea has been paying more since 2014. According to the Agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of
Korea for Special Measures relating to Article V of the Agreement under Article IV of the Mutual Defense Treaty, Article II states that, “This Agreement…

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