In the ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ category comes this bit from the United States Congress:
In 2009, the U.S. military had proposed building a new aircraft carrier berth on the small US island territory of Guam located in the Western Pacific. According to the proposal, when considering the total number of individuals involved with this project – military personnel and their dependents, as well as the required construction workers – the buildup would have increased Guam’s total population by 45%. The carrier berth would indeed have been a major military imposition on the island allowing around 40% of its landmass to come under military control. In a February 2010 letter, the United States Environmental Protection Agency sharply criticized these plans citing serious concerns regarding the effects of the dredging process on the island’s natural environment. As it stands, the carrier-capable berth in Guam sits buried in the US Navy budget as a ‘deferred construction’.
Now here comes the moment of bizarre.
On 25 March 2010, the US Armed Services Committee held a hearing concerning this matter. Commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Robert F. Willard, was there to answer questions – one could only imagine what must have gone through his head when, sitting before Georgia congressman Hank Johnson, he was forced to endure the following absurdity:
One could see the incredible amount of restraint the Admiral had to have in order not to just burst out in laughter – he diplomatically answered, ‘We don’t anticipate that happening.’ Of course Johnson’s handlers later made a statement from his office suggesting the brain-dead representative merely made a ‘facetious metaphor’.
It is completely revolting to watch this intelligent White Admiral and Commander of the United States Navy have to sit in front of this dangerously ignorant member of the United States Congress and respectfully answer questions and suggestions such as this. Is it any wonder that the Admiral retired two years later, nearly to the day?
Below is a humorous video related to this ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ moment. A h/t is given to the cool folks at The Daily Stormer who realize that laughter is a helpful medicine for the sickness that has infected Our society.