Oakland International Airport, Shame On You

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More than 200 U.S. Marines returning from Iraq were denied entry to the Oakland International Airport passenger terminal last week. According to a 29 September blog entry by the National Review’s Michael Ledeen, the Marines were given a bogus security excuse and forced to remain sitting on the Oakland tarmac for three hours. This was despite the fact that they received a thorough security search by U.S. Customs officials in Kuwait, they were allowed entry into the terminals at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and they carrying impotent weapons lacking both bolts and ammunition. 

In short, it’s just another example in the long line of disrespect the Bay Area has shown for those Americans willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. For those thousands of troops killed in World War II whose last ever living memory of the American homeland was of sailing beneath the Golden Gate to those brave Vietnam veterans who returned to San Francisco only to be spit upon, today much more should be expected from the Bay Area.

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