President Obama made a very contemptuous, snide comment to Mitt Romney at the foriegn policy debate on October 22, 2012. It involved Romney's plan to increase the size of the US Navy to over 312 ships.
I have read Romney's plan and it is very detailed and it is in repsone to the US Navy leadership indicating that it needed 350 ships to meet its needs.
Obama had used the arguement, that the Military requested it, to defend his own miltary plans. His plans were included in a budget that received the destinction of being the most bi-partisn budget ever presented to the U.S. Congress in that it was voted against by 100% of the House and Senate...twice. That's right, not one single representative, Republican or Democrat, voted for the President's budget...and that budget did not address the US Navy requests.
President Obama knew all of this when he made the snide, contemptuous and lecturing statment that Governor Romney needed to study the US Military more because numbers of assetts is not important in a modern era, saying that we don't have "horses or bayonetes" any more, but we do have "aircraft carriers that planes land on and nuclear submarines that go beneath the water", implying that Romney was somehow not "up to speed" on those simple facts.
Actually, what Obama's sophmoric diatrebe did was reveal his own lack of knoweldge with respect to military matters. For instance, does Obama not know that our Special Forces, in working with the Northern Alliance fought from horse back to defeat the Taliban? In fact, I believe that at the 911 Memorial they have a statue of one of our special forces riding a horse in Afghanistan. Does Obama not know that bayonetes to this day are a continuing and necessary staple for the US Marines and US Army should the need arise, God forbid, for close-in hand to hand fighting? We still have and need those things when necessary, Mr. President, despite your snide remarks.
The fact is, Mitt Romney's plan for the US Navy's future includes the necessary improvements to, acquisition of, and maintenance of our carrier and submarine forces, and all the other forces necessary to equip our Navy. In addition, his plan is a very detailed plan that meets all of the US Navy needs as requested by the US Navy leadership and planners.
Apparently Obama feels that only he can propose plans that meet the military needs...but his plans were 100% rejected by the US House and Senate...twice.
I happen to know something about the US Navy and the challenges it faces now, and over the next twenty years. I worked during a good part of my career in the defense industry working as a designer and engineer on US Navy acquisitions. My father was a combat veteran US Navy Officer in the PTO (does Barack Obama even know what the "PTO" stands for?) in World War II and then in the naval reserves after the war until the mid 1950s. His entire career was dedicated to designing naval aircraft and missile systems for 48 years at Vought Aeronautics. My son-in-law is career navy. I am a member of the US Naval Institute and have studied US Naval affairs for the last twenty years and written of it often, and particularly over the last 10+ years have studied the unprecedented rise of the Chinese Navy, the People's Liberation Army Navy or PLAN.
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The Chinese are using our trade imbalance to fund the building of a modern, blue water Navy. There is only one sea power on earth their growing navy is meant to challenge...and that is the US Navy. They have grown their naval strength both qualitatively and quantitatively by 84% over the last ten years. We have shrunk ours by 14%. This is the reality that Mitt Romney is addressing
The level of insult and contempt in a presidential debate displayed by President Obama is almost unprecedented. It underscores the point that President Obama has no acceptable plan, and reveals his anger over his inability to produce one, while Mitt Romney has produced a very viable and detailed plan for the US Navy for the future.
All Americans need to know the truth about what happened on that stage Monday night, October 22, 2012. Romney's plan for the US Navy was not a "game of battleship." it was not something "the military had no asked for," and it was not a throw back to 100 years ago.
Here is a link to the interview of the Romney staff regaring Mitt Romney's plan for the US Navy he has proposed.
ROMNEY'S PLAN FOR THE GROWTH & MAINTENANCE OF THE US NAVY
Again Mitt Romney's plan for the US Navy is measured, knowledgable, and will be effective for the growth and maintenance of the US Navy to meet the continuing and rising challenges it faces. Please make sure your friends and neighbors know about this and right the wrong that was perpetrated at the debate by President Obama who seems intent on weakening the US Military posture around the world as a way of trying to make nice with adversaries and enemies who wish us all harm. That level of appeasement has never workled, and it will not work now. If we fail to learn from history, we will be almost assured of repeating it.
Again, pease pass this around to as many individuals as you can.
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