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April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 am hi spencer! i think you are overlooking the strategic value of the base at guantanamo bay. the ostensible reason we took it was to use as a coaling station, but the real reason was to control one of the two main entrances to the caribbean. there are two gates, the mona passage (between puerto rico and hispaniola), the shortest route from europe, and the windward passage (cuba and hispaniola), the shortest route from north america. taking puerto rico gave us control of the mona passage, and the lease of guantanamo gave us the windward passage. strategic requirements have changed since the days of sail, but geopolitics remain the same.
worrying about darfur. worth worrying about to be sure. but i shall say it again, right in your backyard the usa, canada, france, brasil, chile are committing genocide in the western half of hispaniola. with your permission?