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jodywy

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Remember when Puerto Rico was raising hell
about the US Navy using that nothing 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?

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. They included:

The Reverend Al Sharpton,
Mrs. Jesse Jackson,
Joan Baez,
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,
Edward Olmos,
Michael Moore and
Ramsey Clark, just to name a few.

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. None."

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.
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Did my heart good to read this article. Other countries crab about the USA but yet they sure do want the money. Thanks for lifting my spirits!!!
 

Liberty Belle

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I've been so riled up over the loss of private property rights legislation in South Dakota that its made me cranky and hard to live with. Thanks for the ray of sunshine! Long memories make some folks really uncomfortable, and if there is one thing I have, its a loooong memory - well, at least for some things. Now where did I put my glasses.....
 
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We need to wean a few more of these places off hanging on to the back teat.........
 

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WE should have done this sooner,to bad it aint france.........good luck
 
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jodywy said:
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?"
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How about Auf wiedersehen schweinehund!
 

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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."

While I am all for removing Bases from Germany, I am not in favor of relocating them to Turkey, As I recall we went into Iraq short well over 60,000 troops because Turkey would not comply with simple fly over requests and those troops while not needed for kicking Saddams sorry butt, would have hepled stabalize the northern region quicker.

WASHINGTON -- US officials appeared stunned by the Turkish parliament's refusal Saturday to allow the deployment of 62 000 US troops for a possible war with Iraq.
 

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