Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Musings; Ready, Aim, Fire

Tomorrow marks the start of RIMPAC, that international bi-ennial firefight free-for-all carried out on the land and in the sea all around Hawaii.

It’s the time when the military shows its might and reminds just who really runs the show here, and why the U.S. colonized Hawaii in the first place.

This year’s war games will even include a guest appearance by the Navy’s newest star, its first littoral combat ship, the USS Freedom. It’s a variation of the JHSV/Superferry, a super expensive — we’re talking $500 million per — vessel designed to be used in shallow, nearshore waters, in response to perceived threats from China.

As part of its maiden deployment (or perhaps to generate some cash for its keep?), the LCS:

[C]onducted counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations, making four successful seizures that yielded more than five tons of cocaine, two "go fast" drug vessels, and nine suspected smugglers taken into custody.

So handy, that boat. And RIMPAC will give it even more opportunities to strut its stuff. It will be playing these war games with, according to Hawaii Navy News, 14 nations, 34 ships, five submarines, more than 100 aircraft and 20,000 personnel. Wow plenty guys gonna be converging on Waikiki.

The U.S., of course, will be running the show, with Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand. You know. All the super powers.

And what will they be doing? Conducting gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.

In other words, blowing stuff up, using sonar, flying low and loud and generally making a mess and nuisance, just like they have been since 1971, doing stuff like this and this and leaving all their toxic crap in the ocean.

I’m sure the fish and dolphins and monk seals and all the other critters out there really appreciate it.

But hey, at least now they’re not bombing Kahoolawe.

And of course, we should be grateful, because they’re doing it all for us. According to the Navy, RIMPAC "helps ensure stability throughout the Pacific Rim" and encourages development and prosperity.

Like the estimated $43 million they’ll drop here through Aug. 1.

Oh, now I get it.


Anonymous said...

This is a good thing. Stop being so negative about this. The military is a wonderful thing to have here.

You're just so....anti.

Joan Conrow said...

One man's anti is another woman's pro -- pro peace, pro clean oceans, pro marine life, pro quiet skies, pro creation, pro judicious use of taxpayers' money.

Arthur Ralston said...

Seems to me the u.s. is just out to waste money on itself again.

It's only feeding it's insatiable ego.

I'll probably suffer the wrath of all the "oneline naysayer". but what the hell, truth and history speaks for itself.

U.s. has lost every war scince ww2.
Panama and Greneda were police actions at best. To count those in the win colum would be wishful thinking.

If the u.s. was smart they'd spread some aid out to oppossing countries, they might get a much better result.

Bombing has not, and will not, work. Take out a drugdealer 2 more pop up. Take out a terrorist and 12more pop up.

It's all just a horrible waste of men, money, and resources.

Anonymous said...

Since men run the show, perhaps the only way to stop wars is as in the Greek Play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Nothing else seems to work.

Wahine Warrior said...

Exactly Joan. Thats what I always tell people. SOme people tell me the same thing. "Oh you're so "anti".

I tell them, "No, I am not anti anything. I am however FOR a few things. And I am not quiet about it either.".

Anonymous said...

Joan is negative - just read any of her 'blogs'.

Anonymous said...

"You're just so....anti."

You should live near the gulf of mexico so you sniff progress every minute of the day.

Anonymous said...

That was an accident...nothing more.

Anonymous said...

You're just so....anti.

Joan is negative - just read any of her 'blogs'.

Is someone holding a gun to your head and making you read? Go somewhere else and spare us YOUR negativity.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Oil Spill in the Gulf..."just an accident"? I hardly think so! Greed, arrogance and a lot of cutting corners to maximize returns in profit. The natural resources, habitats and creatures are suffering and dying with so much damage and destruction because of man's oversights and greed. Have they no conscience? No. Not at all.