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#50 Dec 24, 2011
With a growing suburban setting [replacing the formerly vast rural industrial agribusiness fields of sugar and pineapple], Pearl Harborís future physical expansion has become constricted.
Pearl Harbor was initially established in the late 19th Century, exclusively developed under a lease agreement by the U.S. Navy [Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 with the Hawaiian Kingdom in exchange for a favorable USA sugar tariff]. This strategic foreign military base featured refueling steam powered naval warships [with the nascent raw coal energy technology of the time].
As an outcome of the Spanish-American War of 1898, the Hawaiian Archipelagoís value as a distant military colonial outpost was recognized. It was naval theorist Alfred Mahanís writings about the value of sea power [which persuasively convinced President Theodore Roosevelt], which led to the Two Ocean Navy concept.
Sited at the center of the Pacific Puddle, Pearl Harbor was established with a large ground troop garrison and attack military air bases. This forward deployed fortress is positioned to control the Pacific Basin. Today, Pearl Harbor is well protected by nuclear/refined petroleum powered warships, ABM missile defenses, undersea submarines, cruise missiles, anti air attack defenses, a constellation of GPS satellite weapons targeting systems, etc.
Pentagon should consider a long term relocation [of the current Oahu Puíu Loa site of the Pearl Harbor naval shipyard facility] on a Neighbor Island. With the vast emptiness of barren lava rock coastal seashore lands, the Big Island might serve as a perfect setting for modernization & physical expansion.
Aloha. Mike Chun
#51 Dec 24, 2011
Don't forget what a senator's job is. It's to bring money into the state. Like Inouye or not, he's done well in his time, for Hawaii. He's the only democrat that I ever vote for.
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