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30 Days of Obama – Day 30

I think 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? – 2012

My Take – The nature of our military has indeed changed since 1916.   We  have aircraft carriers, and they are the premier power projection platform on the seas.  We even have nuclear submarines, which do go under the water.  Problem is, we don’t have enough of either.  Our Navy is smaller than it has been in a very long time, and while each warship packs a bigger punch now, we still need a minimum number of them to meet our obligations while still being able to do maintenance on our fleet and train the crews.  Right now, we are stretching our forces, Navy and otherwise, to a breaking point.  We either need to cut our requirements, or we need to add to our capabilities.

Maybe Mr. Obama is trying to recreate the mythical “peace dividend” that Bill Clinton touted so much in the 1990’s, or maybe he just doesn’t give much thought to the armed forces and the impact his policies are having on them. Either way, he needs to spend a little more time paying attention to our military and pay a little less attention to the aging hippies that are telling him that it needs to be cut to the bone and beyond.

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