Claim: The U.S. Navy’s termination of ordnance training on the island of Vieques resulted in the closure of the nearby Roosevelt Roads Naval Base.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
One of the messes George W. Bush inherited was the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques. In the waning years of the Clinton Administration, protesters demanded the U.S. Navy abandon bombing and naval gun fire exercises there. It became a leftist cause. Liberals bumped into each other to fly to Puerto Rico and get arrested: Al Sharpton, Robert
Mrs. Clinton, running for Senate, played to the Puerto Rican population of New York and criticized the Pentagon for not caving, which her husband then did, ordering a
Protesters showed up waving Puerto Rican flags and shouting, “Navy Get Out!”
Well, they’re getting out. In fact, now Navy officials are talking about closing the major support base. That’s right; there goes the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, one of Puerto Rico’s largest employers, estimated to pump over
Suddenly, the governor says, “Wait a minute! The people of Puerto Rico don’t have any interest in the closing of the Roosevelt Roads base. The government of Puerto Rico is interested in that base staying in Puerto Rico for all the Economic benefits.”
No doubt Madam Mayor,” Admiral Robert Natter, the commander of the Atlantic Fleet, says. “Without Vieques there’s no way I need the Navy facilities at Roosevelt Roads. None.”
So, Yankee go home? Fine! But we’re gonna take our money with us. Sort of like, hasta la vista baby!
Origins: Vieques is an island located eight miles off Puerto Rico’s east coast. Since 1947, the U.S. Navy has used a
The e-mail in question (sometimes titled “Be Careful What You Wish For” or “Justice Served”) is accurate in that the closure of the base at Roosevelt Roads would result in a substantial financial loss to the economy of Puerto Rico, a loss the Navy estimates at
In these uncertain times, many applaud the underlying sentiment of the Vieques
Barbara “nincompoop decked” Mikkelson
Update: On 31 March 2003, the United States closed its Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. A skeleton staff of 200 will stay on at the facility until the transfer of the property is completed.
Last updated: 3 September 2007