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Congressman says he supports Guam missile system

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:45 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam » A congressional delegation leader who visited Guam this week said he supports the long-term deployment of a missile system at the U.S. territory.

U.S. Rep. Robert Wittman met in separate meetings Tuesday with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo and Guam senators, Pacific Daily News reported.

The Virginia Republican is chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. He voiced his support for the missile defense system the U.S. sent last year to Guam, a strategically important military outpost 1,500 miles south of Tokyo.

Guam's congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo is seeking a permanent deployment of the system after North Korea mentioned Guam as a potential missile target last year. The missile defense system — called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense — is designed to intercept missiles during their final stage of flight.

Wittman, Bordallo and Texas Rep. Bill Flores arrived Monday as part of a trip that also includes Okinawa, Japan.

Local senators met with the congressional delegation in the office of Speaker Judith Won Pat, and both sides said it was cordial meeting.

It was a departure from a meeting a few years ago, when visiting U.S. senators left with the impression that local lawmakers opposed military expansion plans on the island, according to the newspaper.

"It's been a very, very constructive conversation," Wittman said. "It's good for us to come here in person to understand and ensure that as we make those decisions in Washington, and as we communicate with the folks in the Pentagon, that they understand, too, what the local concerns are."

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cojef wrote:
Shifting military spending to Guam?? A large military presence could spur small mom/pop businesses which in aid the economy there.
on January 22,2014 | 09:51AM
lee1957 wrote:
But too large of a buildup might cause Guam to tip over and slide into the ocean.
on January 22,2014 | 10:53AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Would anyone notice? More to the point, would anyone care?
on January 22,2014 | 11:00AM
inverse wrote:
Kind of foolish for Guam to put a permanent US missile system there. Good for the US and Hawaii, bad for Guam. Thats cause N Korea, China, Russia, Iran, etc. would have to first preemptively target and destroy Guam missile defenses first before targeting Hawaii or mainland USA and by the time they did that, that would give justification for the US to respond by shooting missiles back at that country. The scout in front always gets hit first and Hawaii right now is in that position. If Guam want to take that position and be the FIRST target for all nations that hate and want to attack US, that is there choice. I don't think most Guamanians want to be in that position. Actually most anti US nations would be suspicous, and they should be, as the US would want to install the latest and greatest offensive missiles in Guam, pointed at N Korea and other such countries so Guam would be even more a target for Muslim terrorists. Did they ever think about stuff like this and the consquences?
on January 22,2014 | 01:15PM
HD36 wrote:
The last time America had a real nuclear threat was the former Soviet Union. Reagan gave a blank check to the Pentagon and a top line 7% budget on GDP and we built an armada of aircraft carriers. We have 12 aircraft carriers and China has one, which they bought on the used aircraft carrier market from the Ukraine and was practically a rust bucket. Russia is now a keptocracy, where they are more concerned about stealing from eachother than taking over the world. The glaring question that none of the politicians want to answer is: How are we going to pay for this with a $17.4 trillion dollar national budget, unfunded liabilities of social security, medicare, and federal pensions totalling, at convervative estimates of more than $89 trillion dollars and an annual budget deficit of $1 trillion as far as the eye can see. The only form of fiscal discipline will come when interest rates normalize and the payments on the debt surpass the entire military budget. Unfortunately, it won't be a gradual adjustment of the thermometor like the Fed thinks it can do. It will be a nuclear meltdown with over $600 trillion in derivites, causing massive capital loss in the largest bubble in economic history. (The bond bubble)
on January 22,2014 | 02:55PM
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