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Thu Nov 14, 2019, 08:10 PM

9. I lived and worked in Korea, now Japan

They are in Korea because it keeps the region stable. The presence of the military bases promotes United States interests, both militarily and financially. The U.S. has always used its military presence to promote American businesses in the region; restaurants, for example, that are available on a US base, often open a franchise or a few in the area because the public not able to get on the base decide they like that kind of food. Often the franchise that opens in the city is operated (or co-operated) by a person associated with the post franchise
U.S. military bases hire a decent sized number of locals to work on the base/post at the Px, Commissary, etc. These jobs are good paying and build up good will with the public because these people make good money and can spend it locally. The jobs enhance local economies.
In addition, on a strategic and security level, having U.S. bases and military personnel in these countries allows the U.S. to be more ready to deploy in case of an emergency (North Korea would likely have invaded the South on three or four occasions since 1960 has the U.S. military not been present), the U.S. military presence is a deterrent to military actions in this region.
When people talk about how there has not been a war on the Korean Peninsula since the 50's, it is precisely because the US military is here

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