I think someone in the Pentagon has visions of military contracts as corporate welfare for multinational big business. Since bombing missions for the Vietnam War were flown from Guam, there should be munition bunkers available. You do not put munitions in wetlands. If they flew B52s out of there ,they do not need any more runways. One lesson that should have been learned from Pearl Harbor is that you do not leave carriers in a harbor. If the Marines are supposed to be a quick-reaction force, they should be deployed by air. Ships are too slow. The "Star Wars" missile defense system is unproven and a waste of money.
I can see Guam as an air base, but it seems too small for large numbers of ground troops. Considering the number of natural disasters that occur in that region, it would be handy for dropping relief supplies when needed. I would like to see some cargo aircraft stationed there.
The troops we have in Korea and Japan are basically token forces showing our commitment to defending those countries from attack. If a serious conflict developed, more forces would be needed from the US. The Marines on Guam would not be enough. Webb should know better!
Pervis James Casey
Apr 20 2010 - 3:41pm