The U.S. military has ordered its troops stationed in Japan to remain on their bases and to forgo drinking alcohol in response to a deadly crash reportedly caused by a drunk-driving Marine. Okinawa resident Hidemasa Taira, 61, was killed Sunday in the prefectural capital of Naha when his minitruck was struck by a military vehicle driven by Marine Nicholas James-McLean, 21, whose blood alcohol content was found to be more than three times the legal limit. Taira reportedly survived the initial crash, but later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, leading to an even harsher backlash against U.S. forces, whose presence in the country has already come under criticism from disgruntled locals.
This is a bit excessive if you ask me, an opportunity for the bootlegging business though. I foresee a lot of homemade wine fermenting underneath the bunks in those barracks.
I don't see how restricting everyone stationed over there makes sense. This incident, and any like it, indicates that nobody should be allowed to consume alcohol just as much as it indicates that Marines in Japan should not consume alcohol. Neither the US nor Japanese governments are going to support prohibition so why treat the Marines differently?
But we shouldn't have troops in Japan anyway.
Drunk on duty? Firing squad. Driving military vehicles while off-duty, firing squad. Problem solved eventually.
... disgruntled locals ...
#1 | Posted by LampLighter
Maybe they should build a wall to keep out the rapists and the murderers and the drug smugglers. (though I hear some of them are fine people)
I was stationed on Okinawa for my last year in the Marines. This ban will solve nothing. They will have to change the entire culture of the military over there if they really want to fix anything. They used to say there were 3 types stationed there, drunks, gym rats and holy rollers and as far as I could tell that summed it up perfectly. Drinking was a sport over there.
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