By Sylvia Frain|
On Saturday morning, August 29, 2015, the United States Navy signed the Record of Decision (ROD), the final document needed for the implementation of one of the largest "peacetime" military build-ups in US history. This will cost between $8 and 9 billion, with only $174 million for civilian infrastructure, which Congress has not released yet. As a central aspect of the United States' foreign policy "Pivot to the Pacific," the build-up will relocate thousands of Marines and their dependents from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam.
This does not auger well for the people of Guam. For decades, the Okinawans have protested the violence, pollution, military accidents and sexual assaults committed by US Marines on the local population. Moving those Marines to tiny Guam frightens many.
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