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San Francisco Shuns Retired USS Iowa

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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."
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Wow, I agree with Dianne Feinstein.

This is yet another example of local politicians making the war in Iraq an issue in things that have nothing to do with the war. Can't park a WWII battleship because of opposition to the Iraq war? Come on.
 

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Politicians being political? Really?!
 

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Hello Batman. Welcome back.

I actually really agree with the Senator as well, but politicians usually use votes to make a stand and as vergiss said, can we expect anything less of politicians? Nope. Frisco if you don't know has a very large homosexual population and any anti-gay sentiment is shot down there so it is logical for political reasons that they would vote against something militarily.
 

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Thanks for the welcome back ShamMol.
 

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ShamMol said:
Hello Batman. Welcome back.

I actually really agree with the Senator as well, but politicians usually use votes to make a stand and as vergiss said, can we expect anything less of politicians? Nope. Frisco if you don't know has a very large homosexual population and any anti-gay sentiment is shot down there so it is logical for political reasons that they would vote against something militarily.
Perhaps it is time then that we move ALL military bases and spending from them that are feasable to move and limit all spending on homeland defense there.
 

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^Perhaps that would be prudent given sentiments, but you also have to consider how much local economies around there depend on the military, especially in California. Stinger, what is ideal is not always practical or fair.
 
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