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[flagged] US Army replaces cake it stole from Italian girl 77 years ago (theguardian.com)
18 points by nigerian1981 on April 29, 2022 | hide | past | favorite | 22 comments



A birthday means more at 13 than at 90. She should have gotten, like, at least two.


I think a present should be personal to the receiver as well as the giver. So they should have given her some weapons or hand grenades.


Though the "layer cake" was a Soviet weapon, no good.


But no anti-personnel mines.


If I were 90 or older, each birthday I had would mean an awful lot to me. Probably more than my 13th birthday did, even though that was the one when I got the NES.

She should have still gotten at least two cakes. Inflation, you know.


At 90, having a special ceremony for you with all the accompanying attention and well-wishing is probably a greater gift than the cake. So happy birthday to her!


Cake reparations? Is that what HN has come to? This is about the most Reddit quality post I can think of—brief, summed up in a photo (WYSIWYG), timely, though a bit of nonsense.

Unless the OP is related and simply wishes to share a heartwarming personal story with us.


TIL the US army has a garrison in Italy.


The US has overseas bases in 85 different countries/territories (including a decent chunk of Europe).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_oversea...


But, please, the word empire is so … British … or Roman … certainly nothing we are.


> But, please, the word empire is so … British … or Roman … certainly nothing we are.

Not for this reason, at least, because it's not an occupying force. If the Italians asked the garrison to leave, it wouldn't go to war to stay.


IIRC European bases are strategic for USA's Middle East war operations, I doubt the military would just leave if ordered, there would be significant diplomatic, and maybe economic, pressure to stay.


> IIRC European bases are strategic for USA's Middle East war operations, I doubt the military would just leave if ordered, there would be significant diplomatic, and maybe economic, pressure to stay.

Are you saying the US would go to war with Italy to keep this base?

The US might try to pressure Italy to let it keep it, but if Italy was insistent, the US would do it.


I'm only saying what I said, that USA won't get evicted without exerting great pressure to stay. I don't think USA would go to war with Italy, but the position is too valuable to give it back without resisting.


We fly most of our drones for the Middle East out of Sicily. We maintain bases all throughout Europe as part of our NATO commitments.


Gotta deter that Swiss expansionism.

The US has a lot of random facilities in Europe (many colocated with current or former military bases of the host nation) as a result of all the post-ww2 nation building and cold war geopolitics. Many were closed in the post cold war draw-down.


> The US has a lot of random facilities in Europe (many colocated with current or former military bases of the host nation) as a result of all the post-ww2 nation building and cold war geopolitics.

That's also super clear in the map the sibling comment posted: most of the European bases are in an arc that follows the Iron Curtain. This particular base is close to Slovenia, which used to be in the Soviet sphere.


There was a certain expansionism which justified those bases and current events give a certain plausibility to that thought. But it's not the Swiss expansionism (this time?).


https://www.todaysmilitary.com/ways-to-serve/bases-around-wo... Here's a map of US military bases worldwide


performative actions, optics... no news value.


Yeah, imagine the comments if this was the Russian or Chinese army. People would point it out for what it is, pure propaganda.


the hypocrisy witnessable lately in the west is shocking.




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