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Resource ID: #17753
Subject: Military
Source: In These Times (Chicago)
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Date: 22-Jan

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Gonzalez, co-host of Pacific Radio's news program, Democracy Now, writes that the dispute over bombing on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques may become President George W. Bush's first foreign policy crisis. Vieques, where the Navy has run a bombing practice range for 60 years, "is the most glaring example today of an imperial arrogance that has been part of the (U.S.) Navy since American sailors first began patrolling foreign waters in the early 19th century." In late 1999, President Clinton signed an agreement that ended live bombing on Vieques and gave a three-year transition period for the Navy to find another practice site. It also called for a complete Navy pullout by May 2003 if the Puerto Rican people called for it in a referendum. Later, on Gonzalez' radio show, Clinton reportedly said he supported giving the training site back to the people of Puerto Rico. But opposition in Congress and in the military has prevented that from happening, Gonzalaez writes.

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