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  •  Our navy may be smaller than it was before WWI... (6+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, dewtx, jfromga, The Nose, avsp, jds1978

    But you know what?  A single Arleigh Burke class Destroyer would demolish an entire fleet of WW2 ships.  And it would do it from 300 miles away.  More is not better.  In the cold war, the Soviets had many more tanks than we did, but our strategists were not concerned:  Our tanks were technologically superior, better armored, faster, more efficient, and could destroy a Soviet tank long before the Soviet tank was even in range to fire at ours.    

    There was an excellent series of articles here on Kos a while back about the Iowa-Class battleships, and how the Navy really didn't have any use for them, but the Reagan administration ordered them out of mothballs nonetheless.  

    It sounds like these jagoffs want to go right back to the cold war mentality.  Rather than asking the Military what they want and need to accomplish 21st century missions, they want to build and build and build more useless shit that nobody wants or needs, just for the sake of doing it (or for the sake of keeping their fellow billionaire defense contractor buddies happy).  

    •  I served on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. (3+ / 0-)

      All I could say when I read this statement of Ryan's was: OMFG. (You ever met a sailor who didn't swear? Me neither.)

      The power projected by a Nimitz-class nuclear carrier with a full air wing of combat aircraft and munitions is like nothing ever experienced in WWII, WWI, or any time earlier. And with its complement of escort ships a carrier battle group is a force to behold--and be reckoned with. It's amazing what you can do with that relatively small number of ships, but each with a huge ability to project power over land, sea, and air.

      Maybe if Ryan could have spent some time talking seriously to some real Navy sailors, he might have learned something about the size of the projection of naval power--but apparently the assistant manager won't talk to the help.

      These are troubling times. Corporations are treated like people. People are treated like things. ... If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. — Rev. Dr. William Barber, II to the NAACP, July 11, 2012

      by dewtx on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:06:11 AM PDT

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    •  The 80s want their foreign policy back. (2+ / 0-)
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      jds1978, RerumCognoscereCausas

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy... the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

      by lcbo on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:54:33 AM PDT

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