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US bases in South Korea are similarly an outgrowth of the American security treaty with South Korea. The bases are deeply unpopular with the South Korean people and the government has tried to improve relations with China. The blunt truth is, though, so long as South Korea needs a shield against North Korea, the American military presence is indispensable and so the status quo dating back to 1953 remains. (Frankly, from an American vantage point, South Korea is a strategic dead end. The US would likely depart if it could find a plausible way to do so without upsetting neighboring Japan. The latter of which sees South Korea as a strategic shield.) Lastly the most recent case is Iraq. I cheat and address the strategic implications here: Iraq parliament votes to expel American troops out following assassination of General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis. What do you think? ↗ See my response under my "Nightdrot" nom de guerre. However, in terms of Iraqi domestic politics, a double game is being played here. The Iraqi government is dominated by Shiite Muslims and thus is sympathetic to Iran. By the same token it is Arab and would rather not be wholly subordinate to the Persian Iranians. Plus, the Iraqi Sunnis and Kurds want no part of Iran and see the US bases as a shield. CONT.
Thus the Iraqi parliament - with Sunnis and Kurds boycotting - passed a non-binding resolution calling for the removal of US bases. The prime minister - who is Shiite but is currently acting as a caretaker awaiting new elections - publicly called for the US removal but then back channeled to the US effectively asking the US remain. This is why, you may recall, the Pentagon had drafted a letter setting out the plans for a withdrawal. They then claimed it was sent in error - twice! - after the US got the back channel request from Baghdad to remain in place. Put it all together and what you get is a very mixed picture. The US generally does withdraw when requested - see the Philippines. Yet there are all sorts of other factors at play and how they pan out is almost case-by-case. What "comes from this" then depending on factors as much unrelated to the US as not.
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