Ross Executed, Sub Base on Closure List
What a terrible day.
For the first time in more than forty years, a New England state has executed a man. He was a horrible, wretched man. I don't think I'm sorry he's dead. I am sorry that it was Connecticut who killed him. Those on the left here (and even those in the center) tend to think that we're superior to other parts of the country, that we don't let our baser instincts rule us quite so much. Well, maybe that isn't as true as we'd like.
Worse news is that the Groton Sub Base is on the BRAC's list of bases to be closed. The Air Guard Center in Windsor Locks and the Army Reserve Center in New Haven will also be closed, but Groton... that hurts.
I went to college in New London. My dorm window overlooked the Thames River. One of the most incredible sights I could see was a submarine slowly crawling up or down the river. When they came home, all the men would stand out on the deck. Once, on a fishing boat out of Niantic, a submarine passed within a couple hundred yards of us. I can't tell you how awe-inspiring they are unless you've seen one yourself, out there on the water.
For this place, for Groton and New London for all the surrounding towns and, indeed, for all of Connecticut, the sub base is a matter of pride. David Bushnell of Saybrook invented the first submarine--the Turtle, which he used to attack warships in New York harbor during the Revolutionary War. Subs have always been built here. The Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, is anchored at Groton. My dad took me to see it when I was a kid--it made a big impression on me. Groton bills itself as the Submarine Capital of the World, and up until now that claim has stood up pretty well.
I don't need to tell you about the economic impact. Of course it will be devestating. The emotional impact of seeing the base shut its doors may very well be worse.
I can't say it's unexpected. This has been in the works for years. But, like Lieberman said this morning, it's like a punch in the gut all the same.