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Senator demands NKorea return USS Pueblo
Associated Press ^ | 04/19/07

Posted on 04/19/2007 9:39:33 AM PDT by presidio9

A senator sees it as a fair trade: a Korean battle flag captured in the 19th century for the USS Pueblo, taken in 1968.

Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., reintroduced a resolution Wednesday demanding that North Korea return the Pueblo, and he sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggesting she look into his proposed exchange.

"Since the USS Pueblo bears the name of the town of Pueblo, Colorado, many in our state want to see the vessel returned to its proper home," Allard wrote. "North Korea continues to hint at the possible return of the captured U.S. Navy ship, and I ask that you take action at this opportune time."

The Pueblo is the only active-duty U.S. warship in the hands of a foreign power. It was taken Jan. 23, 1968, after being sent defenseless on an intelligence-gathering mission off the North Korean coast.

Allard said Colorado veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars suggested exchanging the flag. It was captured from Korean Gen. Uh Je-yeon in an 1871 battle after American ships attempting to open Korea to trade invaded Kanghwa Island, outside Seoul. The flag is on display at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Pueblo "belongs to the United States Navy and we should pursue all possible options to return her to a rightful resting place," Allard said.

Navy records show the Pueblo was in international waters when it was captured, though the North Koreans insist it was inside the Korean coastal zone. One person was killed in an explosion during the attack, and 10 of the 82 surviving crewmen were wounded. All 82 were held 11 months before being sent to South Korea on Christmas Eve.

The North Koreans display the ship as a trophy and a monument to the rocky relationship between the two nations.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential candidate, and other U.S. officials were given a tour of the Pueblo during a visit this month to collect the remains of American servicemen killed in the Korean War.

They were told that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, had decreed that the ship should be used for "an anti-American education."


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KEYWORDS: northkorea; usspueblo; wayneallard

1 posted on 04/19/2007 9:39:34 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Who is this Allard guy? Sounds like a good man.


2 posted on 04/19/2007 9:40:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: presidio9
Kim Jong Il, had decreed that the ship should be used for "an anti-American education."

If that be the case we should take it back by force, like we should have a time ago..

3 posted on 04/19/2007 9:44:20 AM PDT by oyez ( The right to owning firearms insures than no one owns you.)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Atigun; Ax; ...
MI Ping

It isn't to late for us to scuttle the ship.

4 posted on 04/19/2007 9:45:21 AM PDT by ASA Vet (http://www.rinorepublic.com)
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To: presidio9

Pueblo? Is that bucket of bolts still floating?


5 posted on 04/19/2007 9:46:25 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: presidio9
"Since the USS Pueblo bears the name of the town of Pueblo, Colorado, many in our state want to see the vessel returned to its proper home,"

They're going to need the BIG tow truck.

6 posted on 04/19/2007 9:47:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Parker v. DC: the best court decision of the year.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Other landlocked cities have their namesake vessels.


7 posted on 04/19/2007 9:47:54 AM PDT by presidio9 (Suspended for posting an article about Scalia and Arthur Miller arguing at SCOTUS. Seriously.)
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To: presidio9

Sounds fine but wouldn’t we just scrap it after we get it back? I think we scrapped the destroyer that the Japanese captured in the Philliphines after we got it back.


8 posted on 04/19/2007 9:51:25 AM PDT by Eternal_Bear
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To: presidio9

The LBJ legacy continues.


9 posted on 04/19/2007 9:55:19 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush)
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To: presidio9

Better idea.

Bomb it ‘in place’.


10 posted on 04/19/2007 9:56:11 AM PDT by Badeye (The worst thing in the world is being talked about. The Second worst is not being talked about.)
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To: presidio9
I’m not one for diplomacy when it comes to dealing with communist psychopath, so I would say “Give us our ship back, and we won’t blast your sorry communist ass back to the stone age”
11 posted on 04/19/2007 10:03:31 AM PDT by Veeram ("Any fool (Liberal) can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." ---Benjamin Franklin)
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To: presidio9

About time someone made this demand. It is sad that it has taken this long for anyone to “step on the North’s toes”.


12 posted on 04/19/2007 10:04:17 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: presidio9
Trade?

No.

We should conduct an air strike on the Pueblo and leave no piece larger than a dinner plate.

13 posted on 04/19/2007 10:05:50 AM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: presidio9

If I was elected US President, within 48 hours of being sworn in the USS Pueblo would be hit by several smart bombs and/or cruise missiles. Trophy indeed.


14 posted on 04/19/2007 10:07:03 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: Eternal_Bear
USS Stewart

http://www.magweb.com/sample/ww2/ns11phan.htm

15 posted on 04/19/2007 10:07:43 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: presidio9

Go get it.


16 posted on 04/19/2007 10:08:18 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: Badeye

You are my kind of guy...we need more of our power
to stabilize the nutcasaes around the hot spots,
who want to obliteerate us....see you are in Southern
Ohio..good....I’m from Northern Ohio but have been
Californiaized since ‘52. JK.


17 posted on 04/19/2007 10:16:07 AM PDT by sanjacjake
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To: presidio9

Why not just go and take it or sink it..


18 posted on 04/19/2007 10:16:44 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Badeye

I like that idea.

It, probably, isn’t sea-worthy anyway.


19 posted on 04/19/2007 10:17:24 AM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I think Pueblo, CO has the most Medal of Honor recepients of any city in the USA .


20 posted on 04/19/2007 10:17:55 AM PDT by unkus
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To: sanjacjake

“You are my kind of guy...we need more of our power
to stabilize the nutcasaes around the hot spots,
who want to obliteerate us....see you are in Southern
Ohio..good....I’m from Northern Ohio but have been
Californiaized since ‘52. JK.”

Thank you.


21 posted on 04/19/2007 10:18:14 AM PDT by Badeye (The worst thing in the world is being talked about. The Second worst is not being talked about.)
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To: presidio9

22 posted on 04/19/2007 10:18:42 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: presidio9
...North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, had decreed that the ship should be used for "an anti-American education."

Someone ought to let Kim know that he can get that at almost every college and university in the United States.

23 posted on 04/19/2007 10:21:40 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Badeye

Dial in coordinates: 38° 59’ 28”N 125° 43’ 32 E. That’s where you’ll find her.


24 posted on 04/19/2007 10:31:05 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: andy58-in-nh

Just did that on Google Earth. Wow, that’s creepy.


25 posted on 04/19/2007 10:49:04 AM PDT by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: bedolido

Nice picture of the USS Liberty’s sistership.

Regards.


26 posted on 04/19/2007 10:49:04 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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To: ARE SOLE
but! but! but!

the link said it was the Pueblo... you mean you can't trust what people post on the internet?

27 posted on 04/19/2007 11:03:37 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: bedolido

I am sure it is the USS Pueblo, which was the sistership of the USS Liberty.

Regards.


28 posted on 04/19/2007 11:07:58 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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To: dfwgator

He is. One of the real Good Guys.


29 posted on 04/19/2007 11:27:55 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (The word "Conservative" needs no modifier!)
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To: skeeter

VERY interesting story.... never knew about it... Thanks


30 posted on 04/19/2007 11:42:31 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: ARE SOLE
The Liberty was NOT the sister ship of the Pueblo. The Liberty was a comverted Victory ship circa WWII and was a much lager ship....see the USS Liberty below


31 posted on 04/19/2007 12:11:36 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe; bedolido

I type corrected. I checked it out further and you are correct. Thanks.

Regards.


32 posted on 04/19/2007 12:18:38 PM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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To: dfwgator

He sounds like a total git. We don’t need the Pueblo back. We need Kim Jong Il’s head.


33 posted on 04/19/2007 4:00:27 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: Finalapproach29er
The LBJ legacy continues.
Along with the Carter and Clinton legacies.
Liberalism is really and truly a mental disorder that has poisoned all of us.
34 posted on 04/19/2007 4:04:13 PM PDT by wjcsux ("You leave out God, and you substitute the devil."- Winston Curchill)
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