The U.S. military is at risk of losing its "military superiority" because "our Navy is smaller than it's been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947-- Mitt Romney on Monday, January 16th, 2012 in a Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
True, only if you count the number of craft, and ignore what would have been, in 1947, the unimaginable superiority of today's missile-armed gunships, the stealth and high-speed aircraft that can take out targets with pinpoint accuracy, and the unmanned drones that can assassinate a terrorist in Pakistan while being flown by a pilot at a video console in Florida. Kill Omar at 4:30pm and meet the hubby and kids for dinner at Applebee's an hour later.
As for the Navy, one modern US submarine armed with nuclear missiles could have ended World War II in an afternoon.
How dumb would a voter have to be to be taken in by Romney's nonsense? In every imaginable respect, the US military, on the ground, in the air and at sea, is vastly superior to the military of 1947. And 1917 might as well be the stone age in military terms.
Today's US military can, in short order, destroy anything it chooses to destroy. What the military can't do is magically transform cultures, turning them into modern democracies where people have a modernist sense of individual rights by blowing up everything that moves. Our military problems today are political problems and people problems, not weapons problems.
I expect politicians to shade the truth, but Mitt Romney makes Pinocchio look like Michael Jackson after his tenth nose job.
Via Ed Brayton