Stormtroopers Secure Emperors State Visit

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TIRANA (Reuters) – An Albanian government decree allowing U.S. Marines to be the only armed corps guarding President George W. Bush on a visit next week has been seen by some in Albania as an insult to their security forces. Albania has been looking forward to Bush’s visit on June 10, the first by a U.S. president. He will be staying for seven hours as part of a regional tour.

As part of preparations, parliament on Thursday approved an act that allows more than 500 combat-ready U.S. troops entry into the country, and sanctions their use of “force proportionate to any possible threat.”

This is effectively a temporary 7 hour occupation of a country, so I guess they are getting off lightly.

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