vulcan6gun wrote:Two questions: 1, when did this air base become controversial?
* That's an awkward question to answer. If you're asking the people who have to live nearby then it would have been a pain in the neck from the git-go for virtually all of them.
* I haven't looked into the issue from a governmental perspective much, but I'd say whatever made it controversial has come to a head this year.
2, does anyone really think the US is ready to acquiesce to 'demands' that such a base be removed?
* On a governmental level? Not on your Nelly.
* But give the locals access to a few tools and turn a blind eye and the job would be done tout suite.
Because somehow I really don't think it'll happen,
* Well the government doesn't want it to happen.
and those Okinawans that are purportedly whining aren't taking into consideration the fiscal impact of the loss of such a facility.
* Of course the ones who stand to make a buck out the bases have it all thought out. Those people would be the pimps and the bar-owners. - And when the cost of crimes committed by US servicemen is considered I would be surprised if there was any profit at all. And putting a price on whatever a rape victim or a victim of assault is not a very precise way of calculating costs methinks.
* The word on the street is that the ordinary folks don't give a monkey's about the fiscal impact of losing the US bases. - They just want them out (or at least the ones with significant dark pigmentation).
Better that they allow it to be relocated and enjoy the additional funds to be made from activities such as construction of new runways, hard shelters, support facilities, et cetera, as well as cleanup at the old base.
Yes! A lot of people including me would be satisfied with this. Relocate them to an otherwise uninhabited island off Okinawa - of which there are many. Make all the shops and services on the island so they don't need to come to the mainland so much of the time.
* The people who like the atmosphere of loads of virile young men should at least have an idea of what things might get like if they 'fraternise' with them, and so they can go and visit (or live) on that island.
*** The biggest bone to pick is that those servicemen really cause havoc in the otherwise quiet and peaceful villages which make up most of Okinawa.