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Navy Admiral Cites Buffett in China Criticism

November 28th, 2007

Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, used a Jimmy Buffett reference on Tuesday while criticizing China for refusing to allow U.S. warships to take refuge from a storm in Hong Kong.

Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, and Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, both took sharp exception to the Chinese government’s refusal to allow the minesweepers to come into port when threatened by rough seas.

“As someone who has been going to sea all my life, if there is one tenet that we observe it’s when somebody is in need you provide [assistance] and you sort it out later,” Roughead said.

“This is, kind of, an unwritten law amongst seamen, that if someone is in need, regardless of genus, phylum or species, you let them come in; you give them safe harbor,” Keating said. “Jimmy Buffett has songs about it, for crying out loud.”

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