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Deal To Move Marines From Okinawa Will Cut Their Presence About In Half

 
 
Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2012 12:43 pm
A move that is long over do. BBB

Deal To Move Marines From Okinawa Will Cut Their Presence About In Half
April 27, 2012
by Mark Memmott - NPR

The news overnight that the U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement to move about 9,000 U.S. Marines off the island of Okinawa means that slightly more than half of the Marines who have been stationed there will be heading to Guam and other places in the Pacific.

According to U.S. officials who last night briefed reporters about the agreement, approximately 10,000 Marines will remain on Okinawa.

As Reuters reports, "the new plan, unveiled days before Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets President Barack Obama in Washington, helps the allies work around the central but still-unresolved dispute over moving the Futenma air base from a crowded part of Okinawa to a new site that has vexed relations for years."

According to The Associated Press, "between 4,700 and 5,000 Marines will relocate from Okinawa to Guam ... the remainder of the 9,000 who are to relocate from Okinawa will move to Hawaii or be part of a rotational presence in Australia and elsewhere in the region." A timetable has yet to be established. Japan has agreed to pay about $3.1 billion of the estimated $8.6 billion cost.

"There are about 47,000 U.S. troops in Japan under a 1960 bilateral security treaty," Reuters adds.
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the central but still-unresolved dispute over moving the Futenma air base from a crowded part of Okinawa to a new site that has vexed relations for years


The Okinawans might want to think about being a bit more practical.

They must realize by now that China intends to start a war with Japan. And when that happens, they will want US fighter jets over Okinawa to shoot down Chinese warplanes and sink Chinese warships.

If they think they are going to rely on the US Air Force doing the job out of Kadena, they need to think again. The US Air Force uses planes that require a long runway without big craters in it, and China has a lot of ordinance aimed at Kadena's runways.

So if they want US fighter jets protecting Okinawa during the war, they are going to need a Marine airbase on the island, because the Marines are the only branch of the US military that will be fielding a version of the F-35 that will actually be usable on Okinawa once China starts lobbing missiles.
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