re: #241 Gus
Our role in Japan and SK goes beyond protection from NK. Even with the long ago demise of the USSR, reality in NE Asia is that small countries feel overwhelmed by China and in Japan’s case also Russia.
Notice the current flare up between the Philippines and China.
As long as we have an eminent Navy we will be called upon by someone in that part of the world to help police it.
It’s the burden of empire, and we must bear it.