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Opponents to fight new United States military base on Okinawa

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  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    From Snopes, Yes it's True!

    During a House Armed Services Committee meeting held on 25 March 2010, Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Lithonia, Georgia, questioned Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, about a proposal to move 8,000 Marines from the Japanese island of Okinawa to the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam.

    Johnson: Very small island, about twenty-four miles, if I recall, long, twenty-four miles long, about seven miles wide at the least widest place on the island and about twelve miles wide on the widest part of the island, and I don't know how many square miles that is. Do you happen to know?

    Willard: I don't have that figure with me, sir. I can certainly supply it to you if you like.

    Johnson: Yeah, my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.