Published On: Thu, Apr 1st, 2010

Rep Hank Johnson fears Guam may capsize

In a House Armed Services Committee meeting last week, Georgia fourth District Democrat Hank Johnson stated, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

This was in response to the request to add 5,000 troops to the 212 square mile island of Guam. Admiral Robert Willard answered back to Congressman Johnson, “We don’t anticipate that.”

It has been mentioned that he is currently being treated for Hepatitis C and the medications may cause him to say random things.

In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island, Johnson expressed some concerns about the plans to Adm. Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific fleet.

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson said. Willard paused and replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”

Online pundits have wasted no time lampooning the congressman for his remarks.

“Presumably, when you’re the head guy of a major fleet for a big-time navy, you’ve got plenty of other ways of filling your time other than reassuring congressmen on whether miscellaneous land masses are likely to tip over and sink,” Mark Steyn wrote at the National Review Online. “But it’s business as usual in Congress.”

The blog Left Coast Rebel said, “Call it a new low, a new ‘tipping point’ – even in the halls of Congress, if you will.”

According to the Hill, a spokesman for Johnson responded to the incident by saying the congressman is concerned the influx of military personnel will overwhelm the island’s infrastructure and ecosystem.

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