Congressman Says If Guam Is Too Populated It Will Capsize (UPDATED)
At a hearing to discuss a military base for Guam, Democratic Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson expressed concern to Adm. Robert Willard, head of the Pacific Fleet, that the island would capsize.
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson said. Willard paused and replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”
The anticipated build-up is likely to go without too much damage to the land mass.
The United States plans to move thousands of Marines and their families, about 8,000 people in all, to the small island of Guam, which has a current population of about 180,000. To prepare for the military buildup, the government is constructing new facilities on the island like an additional Marine base and a new airfield.
UPDATE: Johnson now says he was joking.
“The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island.”Click here for reuse options!
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