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Should the United States Pull out of South Korea?

Is it time for United States to pull out of South Korea?

The case for staying is usually made in absolute terms: the troops there serve an important purpose. That purpose may be to show commitment to an ally, to maintain stability in the region, or even just to act as a tripwire in case of a North Korean invasion. And certainly, America’s 28,000 pairs of boots on the ground in South Korea must do some good — even if it’s just running community centers at local libraries.

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