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Cassowary, I can see and accept Steve's point. The US is undeniable a welcome presence on our part of the World but it does not follow that this is necessarily so everywhere.
You are correct in pointing out that the US left the Philippines when the Philippines government requested them to. But that may well in part because their bases there had outlived their usefulness. Especially so after formerly dormant mount Pinatubo erupted and buried their Clark air base under volcanic ash.
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-06-10/ ... k-air-base
I am aware of that event because my wife was at the time in the Philippines attending my brother-in-law's wedding.
I get the impression that the Pentagon at the time might have calculated that the cost of building a replacement elsewhere in the Philippines in a safer location was just too high.
With its source of air cover stripped away, the other US base in the Philippines, the naval station at Subic Bay must have been very much reduced in strategic value.
By contrast, on Okinawa Island I believe that they would very much like to get rid of the American military and never see them again.
Unfortunately for the Okinawans (whose home island was devastated by the American invasion back in 1945) the post-War US occupation of Japan ended only in 1951. I get the impression that the yanks
restored sovereign independence to Japan only with strings attached. Chief of these was that Japan had to allow the US to retain military bases on their soil.
My recollection is that the US would liked to remain in the Philippines but the Filipinos were adamant that they leave.
I don't think that cost of cleaning up volcanic ash is much. As for Okinawan base, Japan is a sovereign nation. It can ask the Americans to leave anytime.
But they prefer the Americans to stay. They fear China, Russia and North Korea. The Europeans were in a panic when Trump suggested he may not want to honor US obligations to defend them from Russia. So US troops are also welcome there.
These ate the major deployments. Can you think of a deployment that they are not welcomed?