I’ve just read that the U.S. has 75,000 troops in South Korea and Japan, and 10,000 in Europe – mostly in Hungary and Bosnia.
This made me wonder… if we found ourselves attacked and drawn into war… or even if we looked at the world like a game of Risk, and simply wanted to conquer a nation, where would we activate our standing forces?
Would it be in Japan, which is technically forbidden to have a standing army? Or would we use the 10,000 in Europe, surrounded by small, suddenly-hostile armies?
I’m not asking “What if we attacked France?” and I’m not talking about sending Navy vessels or airstrikes.
I’m saying: If we wanted to catch a country totally by surprise, and send our stationed troops on the offensive, who would be the best target?