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US to build 8bn super base on Pacific island of Guam
www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10/25/2010 | Praveen Swami

Posted on 10/25/2010 2:33:04 PM PDT by rxsid

"US to build £8bn super base on Pacific island of Guam
The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam in an attempt to contain China's military build-up.


A B-1B Lancer takes off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in 2003

The expansion will include a dock for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, a missile defence system, live-fire training sites and the expansion of the island's airbase. It will be the largest investment in a military base in the western Pacific since the Second World War, and the biggest spend on naval infrastructure in decades.

However, Guam residents fear the build-up could hurt their ecosystem and tourism-dependent economy.

Estimates suggest that the island's population will rise by almost 50 per cent from its current 173,000 at the peak of construction. It will eventually house 19,000 Marines who will be relocated from the Japanese island of Okinawa, where the US force has become unpopular.

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Local residents' concerns, however, have been sidelined by the US-China strategic competition. China has significantly expanded its fleet during the past decade, seeking to deter the US from intervening militarily in any future conflict over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, and to project power across disputed territories in the gas and oil-rich South China Sea.

Beijing's naval build-up is also intended secure the sea lanes from the Middle East, from where China will import an estimated 70-80 per cent of its oil needs by 2035 supplies it fears US could choke in the event of a conflict.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/guam/8085749/US-to-build-8bn-super-base-on-Pacific-island-of-Guam.html

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aircraftcarrier; china; guam; navair; usmilitary
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1 posted on 10/25/2010 2:33:08 PM PDT by rxsid
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To: rxsid

Island ‘Tip Over’ ALERT!!!!!


2 posted on 10/25/2010 2:34:37 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: rxsid

ping


3 posted on 10/25/2010 2:35:00 PM PDT by unkus
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To: rxsid

But won’t that make the Island tip over from all the weight?

Just had to get that one in. No doubt that Georgia clown is running 30 points ahead in his District.


4 posted on 10/25/2010 2:35:03 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: rxsid

Gee, what a great place to base the KC-45 tanker, what with it’s larger fuel load than the KC-767...


5 posted on 10/25/2010 2:37:20 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: rxsid

Nice move, miliatrily....but useless if the US continues subsidizing the ChiComs via Free Trade with Communist China.


6 posted on 10/25/2010 2:37:54 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (They don't let you build churches in Mecca)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

The whole island is a military “base”. It is also a colonial holding of USA which Bambi will get around to abolishing. He’ll give it to the Hawaiians as part of their reparations.


7 posted on 10/25/2010 2:40:30 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: rxsid

Wow!!!!! We are building an American base using British Pound Sterling. I guess the dollar is really in more trouble than I realized.


8 posted on 10/25/2010 2:41:14 PM PDT by hflynn (The One is really the Number Two)
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To: DAC21
Here we go.... Hank Johnson Georgia 4th District. Projected to win by a 50% margin. Truly an indictment on the Voting public.

http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/house/georgia/4

9 posted on 10/25/2010 2:42:23 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: Kartographer

The Island of Guam flips over after the last of the concrete is pour for new SUPER Base.
10 posted on 10/25/2010 2:43:54 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Nice move, miliatrily....but useless if the US continues subsidizing the ChiComs via Free Trade with Communist China.

It is going to be hard to defend that base if the Chinese decide to do something about it. It could be pasted with IRBMs from China and their subs long before the bombers got off the ground. Trying to defend an island that far from the US against the massive military power of China would render the men their as doomed as the defenders of Corregidor were in 1941.

In 1940 in order to make a statement and deter Japanese aggression in the Pacific FDR moved the US Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor. We all know how well that worked out. Now Obama is going to move our strategic bombers and Aircraft Carriers from bases in the continental US out to Guam.
11 posted on 10/25/2010 2:44:12 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: rxsid

Wonderful.

The government supports policy and trade to give the Chi-conms and advantage economically, financially, militarily......then goes and spends billions to contain them.

Way to go Uncle Sugar, way to go.


12 posted on 10/25/2010 2:48:38 PM PDT by servantboy777
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13 posted on 10/25/2010 2:48:43 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Self Defence is always appropriate.)
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Proposed Military Buildup in Guam (from Joint Guam Program Office, United States Navy, Proposed Action/Guam”)"

From: http://japanfocus.org/-Yoshida-Kensei/3378

14 posted on 10/25/2010 2:49:49 PM PDT by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: GonzoGOP
Kinda like building a big target....

When China goes "stupid", we'll simply blow them off the face of the earth. Have to stay "moveable"...

15 posted on 10/25/2010 2:50:38 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: GonzoGOP

FDR needed a target.


16 posted on 10/25/2010 2:51:06 PM PDT by tired1 (Federalize the Fed)
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To: Kartographer

LOL - I remember I almost fell out of my chair when I heard that comment.

I forget which RAT said - anyone?


17 posted on 10/25/2010 2:51:44 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: rxsid

islandtippers


18 posted on 10/25/2010 2:53:16 PM PDT by FrankR (You are only obligated to obama to the extent you accept his handouts.)
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To: rxsid

From what I’ve heard and read the good folks of Guam don’t care for the American presence they already have and that position is acknowledged by the Japanese gub mint.
Cam Ranh Bay and Russias new interest there come to mind here.


19 posted on 10/25/2010 2:53:35 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Less gubmint is best gubmint.)
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To: newfreep

Hank Johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg


20 posted on 10/25/2010 2:55:23 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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