Subject: Story With A Happy Ending!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by manu1959, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. manu1959

    manu1959 Left Coast Isolationist

    Oct 28, 2004
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    Remember when Puerto Rico was raising hell about
    the US Navy using that little island just off the
    coast of Puerto Rico for bombing practices, which they
    had used for the past 75 years? Demonstrations were
    held, Hollywood left wingers, Al Sharpton, and his
    fellow demagogues went down there to demonstrate to
    get the Navy out? I am sure it infuriated you just as
    it did me at the time.

    Well, here is our revenge.

    Always be careful what you ask for, you just may
    get it!

    One of the many headaches that the U.S. has had
    was the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques. In the waning
    years of the Clinton Administration, protesters
    demanded that the US Navy abandon bombing and naval
    gun fire exercises that had taken place on the largely
    uninhabited island for nearly seventy years. Liberal
    icons bumped into one another to fly to Puerto Rico,
    boat over to the island, trespass (but never on a day
    that there was an exercise scheduled) and get arrested
    for the benefit of The New York Times or Newsweek.

    In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred
    to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida, not
    far from the Jacksonville and Pensacola Naval Air
    Stations. In January, many of the protesters were back
    in Puerto Rico, celebrating the final bombing exercise
    on Vieques and waved Puerto Rican flags and placards
    that read: "U.S. Navy, get out of Puerto Rico."

    The following Feb, Rumsfeld announced that the
    U.S. Navy will close the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air
    Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating 1200
    civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions. This
    naval facility is estimated to have put nearly $300
    million annually into the local economy.

    The next day a stunned Governor Sila Calderon,
    held a news conference in San Juan, protesting the
    base closure as a serious blow to the Commonwealth's
    fragile economy. The governor stated that "The people
    of Puerto Rico don't now or never did have an interest
    in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt
    Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in
    Puerto Rico."

    When asked, the Commander-in Chief, Western
    Atlantic Command, said, "Without Vieques, I see no
    further need for the facility at Roosevelt Roads.


    So, Yanqui go home? Fine. But we'll take our
    dollars with us. "Hasta la vista, baby!

    On February 21, the Secretary of Defense also
    announced that starting this year, the U.S. European
    Command would begin moving most if not all of its
    active combat and support units from bases in Germany
    to others being established in Poland, The Czech
    Republic, Hungary and Turkey to "better position them
    for rapid deployment to likely hot spots in those
    parts of the world."

    Immediately the business and government leaders
    in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland and
    Wurttemburg, protested the loss of nearly $6 billion
    in revenue each year from the bases and manpower to be
    displaced. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry
    speculated that the move may be "what the Americans
    call 'payback' for the actions of this government in
    opposing military action in Iraq."

    Does anyone know the German translation for
    "Hasta la vista, baby?"

    Oh, ain't it nice to see a government with guts
    and a good memory.
  2. insein

    insein Senior Member

    Apr 10, 2004
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    Philadelphia, Amazing huh...
    sweet. :thewave:

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