Apra Harbor - Guam
With North Korea's mad-dog missile moves, America's strategic home territory, Guam, again sits under the threat of attack.
Before World War Two, America decided to stake Guam's loyal people out as bait. America refused to develop Guam's harbors, build airstrips, strengthen the troop presence beyond a ship's guard of Marines and leave the fortunes of the Chamorros to fate and Japan's designs. We did this in order to 'talk to' our enemies.
Guam was taken in hours and its people were subjected to years of murder, rape, and forced labor by the Japanese. Guam was retaken at a great cost in American lives - servicemen and Chamorros.
Guam will become the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet Marine Force when Okinawa closes its bases completely by 2014.
Guam is within easy striking distance of North Korean missiles.
The Bush Administration and UN Ambassador John Bolton crafted the Proliferation Security Initiative in order to protect our planet from rogue nations like Iran and North Korea.
The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is a global effort that aims to stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. Launched by President Bush on May 31, 2003, U.S. involvement in the PSI stems from the U.S. National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction issued in December 2002. That strategy recognizes the need for more robust tools to stop proliferation of WMD around the world, and specifically identifies interdiction as an area where greater focus will be placed. Today, more than 90 countries around the world support the PSI.
The PSI is an innovative and proactive approach to preventing proliferation that relies on voluntary actions by states that are consistent with national legal authorities and relevant international law and frameworks. PSI participants use existing authorities -- national and international -- to put an end to WMD-related trafficking and take steps to strengthen those authorities as necessary. UN Security Council Resolution 1540, adopted unanimously by the Security Council, called on all states to take cooperative action to prevent trafficking in WMD. The PSI is a positive way to take such cooperative action.
President Obama inherited this initiative and seems to want to undo it. He wants a Nuke Free World.
You can not talk to North Korea, that much is eminently clear.
Guam is America. Guam is staked out once again.
Proliferation Security Initiative
MISSION - To stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern through voluntary actions by states consistent with national and international laws and legal frameworks.
HISTORY - Launched by U.S. President George W. Bush on May 31, 2003, based on U.S. National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction issued in December 2002 as part of a U.S. response to threats highlighted by the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
EXERCISES - More than 30 exercises were held between September 2003 and January 2008. Some were led by the United States but most were directed by other PSI participating nations.
PROMINENT MEMBERS - Argentina, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Yemen. (Sources: U.S. State Department, Pentagon) (Reporting by David Morgan and Paul Eckert; Editing by John O'Callaghan)