This was a positive step – in 1944
The shift of 8,600 U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam, a hot political issue in Tokyo, is on track for 2014 despite concerns the island lacks infrastructure to meet the target, a U.S. official said.
David Bice, executive director of the Joint Guam Program Office administering the build-up, was speaking to Reuters after the release of a study on how the move will affect the North Pacific island’s ecological balance, including large coral reefs.
The shifting of the U.S. forces, which at its peak could add 41,000 to the U.S. territory’s population of about 175,000, would bring more than $10 billion in construction and investment…
What? Does every Marine in the move have four family members coming with him?
The move is part of a broader 2006 accord to reorganize U.S. troops in Japan, including relocation of the Marines’ Futenma airbase on Okinawa to a quieter part of that Japanese island…
Okinawans associate Futenma with noise, pollution and crime…All benefits of adding Americans to your population.
Lying 2,400 km (1,500 miles) south of Japan, Guam is made up of the peaks of two ancient volcanoes, including Mount Lamlam, described by local officials as the highest mountain in the world if measured from its base at the bottom of the Marianas Trench…
The study said officials were considering options to limit damage, including construction of an artificial reef.
How about a truly radical idea? Bring the troops home!
World War 2 has been over for more than a few months. As has been the Cold War. The only military requirement for stashing our troops all over the world is to have a Panzer Guard handy to prop up imperial flunkies, threatening every smaller nation that gets in the way of the Oil Patch Boys, making the world safe for United Fruit, etc..
Bring ’em home, Obama. Show our nation what leadership really can accomplish.