Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa from Rhode Island to the Bay Area in 2001 in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Wharf its new home.
But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.
"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.
Feinstein called it a "very petty decision."
Somebody needs to inform Feinstein that this decision is many things, but "petty" is not a word I would use to describe such non-sense. Mind-numbingly unamerican might be a better term to use. How does opposition to the war in Iraq motivate someone to reject such an important piece of American history? Obviously eight of the city supervisors have a very mature hate-america mentality.
"This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was born in," Feinstein said.
Yes it is Senator. This is what San Francisco has become and it's been this way for a long time. The city supervisors believe their opinions on current events to be more important than the heritage of our great nation.
At least someone will benefit from this contemptuos behaviour.
Officials in Stockton couldn't be happier. They've offered a dock on the river, a 90,000-square-foot waterfront building and a parking area, and hope to attract at least 125,000 annual visitors.
San Francisco's rejection of such a storied battleship is a slap in the nation's face, said Douglass Wilhoit, head of Stockton's Chamber of Commerce.
"We're lucky our men and women have sacrificed their lives ... to protect our freedom," Wilhoit said. "Wherever you stand on the war in Iraq ... you shouldn't make a decision based on philosophy."
Next time I'm in the bay area I'll bypass Frisco and visit the USS Iowa in Stockton.