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OT Payback is Great

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by BRGII, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. BRGII

    BRGII TS Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    I hope this is true. BRGII

    Adios, Amigos

    Do you remember when Puerto Rico was raising cane about the U. S. 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.

    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. I n the waning years of the Clinton Administration, protesters
    demanded that the U. S. Navy abandon bombing and naval gunfire exercises
    that had taken place on the largely uninhabited island for nearly 70 years.

    In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing
    range in central Florida not far from 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 February, Rumsfeld announced that the U. S. Navy would close
    the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating
    1,200 civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions. This naval facility
    is estimated to have put nearly $300 million annually into the local

    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 "

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    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, Yankee 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

    Immediately the business and government leaders in the German states of
    Hesse, Rhineland and Wurttemburg protested the loss of nearly $6 billion in
    US 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?" I
    think "Aufwiedersehen" is a good translation.

    Oh, isn't it nice to see a government with guts and a good memory???

    Also, here are some statistics and conclusions about a different subject.

    If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq
    theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 3,112
    deaths, (whe n this was written) that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per
    100,000 soldiers.

    The firearm death rate in Washington D. C . is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same
    period. (...and that was while handguns were outlawed!!)

    That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the
    U. S. Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the
    nation than you are in Iraq.

    PASS THIS ON 'cuz you can be sure that CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS won't!

    Conclusion: Just maybe the U.S. Should pull out of Washington , D.C . !!!!
  2. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    The First thought that I had was we should pull out of Washington D.C. and let them fend for themself ... One of the main reasons Ross Perot didn't care if he lost the elction was he didn't want to have to move to the ghetto and live in a smaller house than the one he was living in ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
  3. M-16

    M-16 TS Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Were would Ross put his chickens too! lol. Good read and how true watch what you ask for.
    I thought the US should make a air base in north western Iraq/ east of Jordan
    We,ve more than paid for the land and the Iraq's shouldn't complain. Turkey has stopped us for political reasons from using our base's their before were Iraq shouldn't My 2 cents worth
  4. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
  5. tj303

    tj303 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Ithaca, NY
    The story of closing the Navy base is true according to snopes. http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/vieques.asp
  6. dverna

    dverna Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    For every action there is a reaction.

    BRG, I enjoyed your post.

  7. widomaker

    widomaker TS Member

    Nov 14, 2007
    This reminds me of when I was in the Navy and the ships used to pull into ports like Roda. The Russian ships would pull in and nothing not a peep. The US Navy would pull in the lights would come on the girls would show up and it was party time. This is nothing new they all hate the US of A until we leave and the money runs out then they loved us.
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