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  • McMEM McMEM Mar 29, 2006 3:47 PM Flag

    Giving Guam to Japan

    >>Japan has never had a legitimate claim to Guam

    In the history of war, when was that matter?

    The news article reported that
    1. Japan wants to boot us out of Okinawa;
    2. Bush wants $10B;
    3. Japan wants 200 miles around Guam;
    4. Bush has not rejected that offer.

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    • The issue is not GIVING GUAM to Japan, rather moving U.S. troops located in Okinawa Japan to Guam, and the U.S.'s desire to have Japan pay 75% of the estimate $10Billion it would cost to make this move quickly.

      However you read this one wrong needs to be examined. Drinking before lunch should be something you look into cutting back on at least for the time being!

    • And what war would that be?

      WWII? Perhaps yuou had better look at
      the outcome of WII--it explains why the US
      maintains close to 70K military personnel
      throughout Japan--Yokota, Misawa, Yokuska,
      Sasebo, Iwakuni, Kadena, Naha, etc--and
      not the other way around.

      Oki is approx 350mi from downtown Taipei;
      Guam is about 900mi from downtown Tokyo.
      These distances are approx based on the limits of my Natl Geograph World Map.
      Moreover, Guam claims a 200-mi limit
      in terms of the surrounding ocean.

      The claims in this newspaper appear
      spurious at best.

      From what I understand, the US is
      building (or was entertaining the idea of building) an airbase in the smaller
      islands further south of Oki. I can't
      recall the name of the island but there
      is a cluster of islands owned by Japan
      that are located maybe 150-200mi from
      downtown Taipei.

      Guam is sufficiently distant from
      Taiwan as to compel the use of carrier-
      based aircraft in any conflict in the Taiwan
      Strait. Oki allows the utility of land-based a/c w/ flight time of approx 40min. Guam
      is substantially farther from Taiwan.

      As China becomes more belligerent esp toward
      Japan, it would appear that the hosting of
      US combat forces by Japan would become a
      much more cost-effective alternative to
      spending the smack necessary to upgrade
      Japan's antiquated air and missile forces
      (they still fly F-4s) en masse. Japan's
      attempts at the all-Japanese FX fighter a/c appear to have failed. Last I heard, they
      were having great difficulties w/ the
      propulsion system. That was yrs ago
      however. Buy American!

      Mad Vlad

 
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