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America's Capsizing Naval Policy
Wall Street Journal, by Mark Helprin

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/29/2012 6:16:50 AM

During the recent foreign policy debate, the president presumed to instruct his opponent: "Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting ships. It's what are our capabilities."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pliades, 10/29/2012 6:24:42 AM     (No. 8970786)

And these days we have technically advanced teleprompters to tell cowardly inept idiots what to say when all they can do us stutter when asked questions that require truth honesty and sincerity. My, how I long for those years again. As ye sow, so shall ye reap, creep!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/29/2012 6:43:07 AM     (No. 8970817)

You know Mr. president,we have laws about giving campaign donors huge government contracts with no strings attached.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative, 10/29/2012 12:32:33 PM     (No. 8971799)

The US naval policy didn't begin to capsize yesterday. There are two questions that need answering: Is the US committed to maintain its superpower status? Who's going to pay for this fleet?

The first needs to be answered by the public and its political leaders as a fully bi-partisan national consensus. I wouldn't bet on that happening. The US had muddled with its foreign and military policies since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This is the 1930s redux. Our "allies" are largely military welfare queens dependent on the US while they whiz away their treasure on social programs.

And with depleted wealth upon which to draw, where is the cash coming from to pay for all this? Higher taxes? Better bookkeeping? Print more? We will not ever cut social programs...not Obama, not Romney, not any national political group or figure.

The American security hand has been badly played at least since Desert Storm. Iraq and Afghanistan went from "boots in their butts" to political nuisances, and soon to become franchises of the so-called Caliphate. Since 1949 our military policy has been to muscle up to frighten the lions while allowing the hyenas to gnaw our ankles endlessly.

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