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There is a God. Remember Vieques and the firestorm associated with it in 2002? Liberals falling all over each other to be arrested protesting the Naval use of the island for bombing and gunfire practice. Well all’s well that ends later. The bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida followed by exultation and celebration in Puerto Rico for having driven the U.S. Navy out. The following year Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced the closing of the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico which was estimated to have generated nearly $300 million annually for the local economy. The very next day, Gov. Sila Calderon protested the base closings as a critical setback to the island’s stagnant economy, stating that “The people of Puerto Rico don’t now or never did have an interest in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in Puerto Rico.” Much too little much too late.