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Posted: 10/11/2004 6:50:43 PM EST
Potentially stupid question.........how in the hell do we have a naval base at Guantanamo(sp?) I've always kinda considered myself a half-assed military history buff but have never been able to nail down how we have a military installation in Cuba. Anyone know how and why this is the case?
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:52:02 PM EST
From what I understand, the Batista government let us lease it or something, after Castro took over we pretty much took the "come and take it from us" attitude.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:53:45 PM EST
After the Spanish-American war, the US freed Cuba from Spanish control. Being that we freed it in a time of Imperialistic expansion the Cubans were afraid we would annex it as a common wealth. In agreement for their freedom, we were granted a military installation to help control and police the Gulf of Mexico.

We give them freedom, they give us a land for a military installation.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:55:31 PM EST
go to bed, it's WAY past your bedtime
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:57:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:09:41 PM EST
Arrgh!!...you people are tough on new guys aren't you, but quite funny in the process.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:10:09 PM EST
All you ever wanted to know about Gunatanamo Bay ...

Pretty interesting that the base is entirely self-sufficient after Castro cut off all supplies and utilities, they built a desalinazation plant to provide water and power to the base, and all of their supplies come in by boat now.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:15:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:22:22 PM EST
don't worry, it's (usually at least) nothing personal


Originally Posted By Nephilim:
Arrgh!!...you people are tough on new guys aren't you, but quite funny in the process.

Link Posted: 10/12/2004 2:39:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2004 2:59:15 AM EST by Colt45guy]
Every time you upset daddy, God kills a kitten.

ETA: Daddy drinks because you're bad

ETA: Sorry dude...just bustin' your chops and checking to see if my team membership has gone through yet
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 2:43:14 AM EST
Stop grabbing yourself!!! If you have to use the potty, GO!

Link Posted: 10/12/2004 2:58:57 AM EST
And quit picking your nose DAMMIT, I swear that kid...
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 3:01:21 AM EST
my dad flies into Gitmo twice a month, since its on the south side of the island he has to fly allllll the way around cuba and come in from the south. adds hundreds of miles to the trip.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 3:01:41 AM EST
Stop touching your sister!

Kharn
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