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The US Is Militarizing the Pacific – and Not Taking Questions

Though overshadowed by unrest in the Middle East, the pivot remains very much underway. Already the US has expanded and established new military exercises and agreements with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other parts of Southeast Asia – as well as Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, and even China.

The linchpin of this military realignment is my home state of Hawaii, which has hosted the headquarters of the US Pacific Command, or USPACOM, for almost 70 years.

Beyond Scrutiny

Based on the island of Oahu, USPACOM claims the Asia-Pacific as its “area of responsibility.” Home to 36 nations – and more than half the world’s population – the region stretches, in the words of top military brass, “from Bollywood to Hollywood and penguins to polar bears.”

Unfortunately, members of Congress who should be prepared to explain their positions aren’t talking. Specifically, I’m referring to Hawaii’s four-person congressional delegation – which represents the one US state that truly is Asian and Pacific.

In her article promoting the pivot, Hillary Clinton wrote that the US presence in the Asia-Pacific “ensures stability and security” and “defends freedom and transparency in the military activities of the region’s key players.”

Yet all four members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation spent more than a year avoiding a journalist – and a constituent – trying to conduct a single interview on the subject. There’s nothing transparent about that at all, especially since Hawaii is the headquarters for many of these operations.

That’s a shame. Because real answers to these questions might have exposed a system that puts military, political, and financial institutional interests above those of a truly just and peaceful society.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "power projection" of US military might from here on Oahu, coupled with the military activities controlled here, make this island potentially a first-strike, decap target for any Chinese war against the United States.

As an Oahu resident, that makes me more than a little nervous.

I would strongly suggest we constituents deserve some kind of answer from the "alleged" Representatives who ducked this reporter's questions, and ask them seriously about what they are doing to prevent a potential "Oahuclypse" if there is a war with China.

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