August 22, 2005

San Francisco Shows Support For The Military...Errr, Maybe not.

The San Francisco City Council has refused to allow the U.S.S. Iowa a home in San Francisco's maritime museum:

The USS Iowa joined in battles from World War II to Korea to the Persian Gulf. It carried President Franklin Roosevelt home from the Teheran conference of allied leaders, and four decades later, suffered one of the nation's most deadly military accidents.

Veterans groups and history buffs had hoped that tourists in San Francisco could walk the same teak decks where sailors dodged Japanese machine-gun fire and fired 16-inch guns that helped win battles across the South Pacific. Instead, it appears that the retired battleship is headed about 80 miles inland, to Stockton, a gritty agricultural port town on the San Joaquin River and home of California's annual asparagus festival.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa from Rhode Island to the Bay Area in 2001 in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Wharf its new home. But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.

"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.

Feinstein called it a "very petty decision." "This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was born in," Feinstein said.

San Francisco's maritime museum already has one military vessel _ the USS Pampanito, an attack submarine that sank six Japanese ships during World War II and has about 110,000 visitors a year.

This is completely asinine. I cannot imagine a more misguided attempt to protest the Iraq war than to boycott the U.S.S. Iowa. The U.S.S. Iowa did not even fight in the invasion of Iraq.

Moreover, the boycott does nothing but dishonor the many veterans who served on the U.S.S. Iowa. These brave men, who served on this historic battleship, fought and died to protect the United States throughout 3 wars and other conflicts.
Of course, I am sure that the supervisors "support" our troops. I wouldn't dare question their patriotism. [sarcasm intended]

GOP Blogger is an excellent resource to find contact information for the San Francisco supervisors.

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