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  •  D'uh! who need ships when we have jet planes?!! (7+ / 0-)

    In 1916 air travel was in its infancy.

    Navy was the only way to travel overseas.

    Tsk. Don't get me started on atom bombs and drones and all manner of comparing apples to oranges.

    •  And all those ships in 1916... (6+ / 0-)

      ...were coal-fired.

      Ryan wants to switch back to coal?

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:57:56 PM PDT

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    •  Not only that, (6+ / 0-)

      but one of today's navy ships with missiles, powerful elelectronics, target acquisition systems and much better tactics is incredibly more effective and has superior destructive power than a whole armada of the 1916 era. Today a single submarine of the newer Ohio class has the ability carry up to 24 Trident II missiles with up to 12 nuclear war heads each. That is, using simple arithmetic, 288 nuclear war heads; enough to obliterate most of the earth back to the stone age. So, what is that these idiots are saying about the Navy being weaker today than in 1916? Yeah, that's right, they lack basic math and logic skills.

      I am not a fan of nuclear weapons and wars but I am a fan of data and facts.

      "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -John F. Kennedy

      by basquebob on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:26:09 PM PDT

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