Re: Last gasps of the battleship
Anyway, Cheney did his best to neuter the US Navy, and remove its long range weapons. Probably because it wasn't a good Halliburton customer.
Yeah, buddy. They want to do away with aircraft carriers. Cheney had "other priorities" during Vietnam so he has no idea what it might feel like to wait for a cruise missile to arrive. I remember waiting for DASC Alpha to approve Spooky missions, when the planes were less than 30 miles away at Phu Cat AB, sitting on the ground while the brass thought it over. Having aircraft on cap ready to go is very comforting. Even drones aren't as good IMO, because their use has to make its way through the bureaucracy.
Despite having the world's largest military budget, we were totally unprepared for Iraq, and neither Cheney, Rumsfeld or Wolfowitz gave a damn. We need to go back to the times when leaders rode into battle ahead of their troops.