I thought Obama's retort about our modern navy vs. bayonets was clever.
However, I think Romney is correct in needing a strong and massive Navy.
The USA is essentially a continental sized island and that has played to our favor in numerous conflicts. The barrier of two oceans on either side of
our shores has impeded any real threat by assault or invasion.
We also have major interests around the world...Panama Canal, South Korea, Japan, Philipines, Straits of Hormuz, not to mention the Gulf of Mexico,
Alaska, the Arctic... all need protection by sea. And if you use air power, chances are it is sea based.
Take into consideration that probably about a third of the fleet is under maintainance most months and in rotation in and out for service, shore leave
of personnel,etc ..suddenly a 300 ship navy is down to 200 ships.
Then throw in a few regional conflicts, maybe a 3rd world govt collapsing and Americans need immediate evacuation, add a tidal wave or earthquake and
another fleet is needed to transport and support rescue equipment and supplies...suddenly 200 ships are cut back to maybe 150 or less...
Of those, there are more naval support craft than actual combat craft like a destroyer or carrier... you have supply ships, fuel ships, hospital
ships, ship tenders for repair at sea...
Suddenly, this big ass navy is really not that big.
Then have the expected "unexpected" event...Israel hits Iran or China invades Taiwan or in a trade war China embargoes VietNam or North Korea strikes
Suddenly, you need ships and you need then fast.
And if there are casualties and ships are lost... how long does it take to replace a modern, computerized frigate, destroyer, or God forbid... an
aircraft carrier...? 2years?... 5years?
As the president said, this isn't WWI or WWII, BUT if we lost a ship it would be irreplacable for the near future... certainly not before the conflict
So you need replacement ships NOW and in reserve... not 5years from now.
All that being said, that is why we need a strong, massive, and numerous navy on hand and at the ready.
That is why I don't agree with Mr Obama.
edit on 24-10-2012 by AlreadyGone because: spelling