doctorow at July 8th, 2014 20:31 — #1
crenquis at July 8th, 2014 20:42 — #2
Congress needs somewhere to dump the steaming piles of "guano" they squeeze out on a daily basis.
timstellmach at July 8th, 2014 20:48 — #4
Not just fertilizer: back in those days, guano was important as a source of gunpowder (specifically, the saltpeter part). Which makes a lot more sense out of why the US would fight for the stuff.
tribune at July 8th, 2014 22:21 — #5
any o those disputed south china seas islands covered in enough guano to qualify?
gwailo_joe at July 8th, 2014 22:48 — #6
Perfect. The CIA will infiltrate with double agent boobies and albatrosses and inundate the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands with ever increasing acres of precious bird shit...Pacific Fleet moves in, takes control, scrapes the crap off and builds a casino or two.
kmoser at July 8th, 2014 23:00 — #7
No, the real question is why somebody would claim an island on behalf of the United States when they could claim it for themselves and end up with their own freakin' island.
brainspore at July 8th, 2014 23:10 — #8
It's easy to claim an unpopulated island, the tricky part is keeping said island if there's anything there worth exploiting. How many people have a private navy capable of withstanding a foreign invasion?
stephen_schenck at July 8th, 2014 23:24 — #9
I assume becoming king of Bird Poop Island would entitle me to some sort of mental control over seabirds. Surely they'd fight on my behalf!
brainspore at July 8th, 2014 23:34 — #10
Would you take orders from the rat who declared himself king of Human Poop Island? I think not.
boundegar at July 9th, 2014 00:08 — #11
Foreign invasion? How are you going to stop Somali pirates from taking over your private video arcade and undersea glass domes? Or those Scientology guys with the sailor hats?
shaddack at July 9th, 2014 00:30 — #12
By sitting on a stinky island full of crap? That itself should repel any wannabe invader.
jardine at July 9th, 2014 04:27 — #13
A talking rat? I'd at least listen.
davide405 at July 9th, 2014 09:59 — #14
It was a military asset. Add to that the value of having a lot of coaling stations scattered across the seven seas, and it becomes a significant factor in force projection, which you need if you're building an empire.
sblundy at July 9th, 2014 11:35 — #15
Because they don't want to pay for the military to defend their claim. That's some other sap's job.
doctorow at July 13th, 2014 20:31 — #16
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