Asia: Yankees Going Home

For reasons of pocketbook as well as policy, the U.S. is cutting its 3,500,000-member armed forces to 2,900,000 by mid-1971, and eventually to 2,500,000. At least part of the reduction will be made in overseas garrisons—and not just those in Viet Nam. Thus the Pentagon announced last month that the 62,000-man American force in South Korea would be cut by nearly one-third. Last week plans were announced to reduce the U.S. troop level in the Philippines from 24,000 to about 18,400 possibly by next July.

No sharp objection was expected from Philippine politicians, many of whom have been suggesting for...

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