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Message Subject WORLD at WAR, Official 2012 Thread (TO BE CONTINUED) Israel, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, PA, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, North Korea, Russia, China, U.S.
Poster Handle Texan Buckeye
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Red Flag Over the Atlantic
China is angling to take over a U.S. airbase in the Azores.[/

[link to www.nationalreview.com]

Terceira, however, has one big attraction for Beijing: Air Base No. 4. Better known as Lajes Field, the facility where Premier Wen’s 747 landed in June is jointly operated by the U.S. Air Force and its Portuguese counterpart. If China controlled the base, the Atlantic would no longer be secure. From the 10,865-foot runway on the northeast edge of the island, Chinese planes could patrol the northern and central portions of the Atlantic and thereby cut air and sea traffic between the U.S. and Europe. Beijing would also be able to deny access to the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

And China could target the American homeland. Lajes is less than 2,300 miles from New York, shorter than the distance between Pearl Harbor and Los Angeles.bricks
 Quoting: MIL MAN

Hi, guys and Darby! Just catching up with the day here, my little corner of the world has gone insane!

This is a big deal. Lajes is a vital base. Are we having another round of closures? I hate being retired mil. I understand why it would be considered for closure, because it's a "true" remote base. Families can go with the service member, but almost ALL of your stuff goes into storage. That's a big deal for families. Plus the tour is the usual length. It's also one of those bases that you have to shop for a lot of things you won't be able to get for a couple of years and then have it shipped.

All of that aside, it IS a serious mistake to close this one. I have NO clue what they're thinking, except maybe it's hard to get people to PCS there. Of all the closures, this one makes the least sense.

BTW, Darby...you are NEVER off topic!
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