2 Five months earlier, administrative authority over Okinawa had been returned to Japan after 27 years under direct US military rule. Opposition to the US at the time was growing. American military vehicles had been burned as an expression of popular anger at the injustice of US rule in the Koza Riots in December 1970.
The strengthening of popular feeling was one factor in the consideration of withdrawing the Marines, but the most important factor was the worsening US fiscal situation resulting from pouring vast amounts of money into the war in Vietnam. The United States had itself in effect abandoned its leading role in the world economy by President Nixon suspending the convertibility of the dollar to gold and moving the dollar to a variable exchange system. For an age of military reductions, Pentagon analysts had come to the conclusion that it would be “considerably cheaper and probably more effective” to withdraw all Marines throughout the Pacific, including Okinawa and Hawaii, to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.
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Comment: You know things are getting bad for the Obama-Nation of Desolation as spoken of by the profit Daniel when even the Japanese leftists won't blame George W. Bush for the why stuff is so screwed up. Nope, they're much smarter if you ask me. They went back and laid the blame on the Nixon administration. Probably because he's already really dead instead of just politically dead and thus can't/won't defend himself!