Of ships, bayonets, and horses 4

Last night, in the final presidential candidates’ debate before the election, President Obama said patronizingly and insultingly – as if Mitt Romney were an ignorant moron:

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

Part of the audience laughed.

But which of the two debaters was displaying ignorance?

This is from Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin:

Contrary to the president’s assertion, the creation of aircraft carriers and submarines did not mean that we needed fewer ships. Quite the contrary. Aircraft carriers need just as many if not more supporting vessels than the obsolete battleships that are no longer under commission. So do subs.The decline in naval strength compromises America’s ability to project power abroad.

And there is danger of war right now in the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.

Furthermore, US soldiers still use bayonets. And though warhorses may be fewer now, they too are still used – have been used with devastating effect in Afghanistan.

Here’s a video about that:

And here’s a picture of US soldiers battle-ready with fixed bayonets in Iraq:

Posted under Afghanistan, United States, War by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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This post has 4 comments.

  • Nice post. Yeah, I can tell you there were no former or current members of the military who were impressed with O’bama’s childish little Sesame Street manuever. We all remember early on when he mispronounced Navy “Corpsmen” with a hard “p” because it was a dead giveaway that he knew
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the military. This makes his hypocrisy all the more humorous. O’bama had to learn so many things completely “on the job”, but somehow the lack of thorough knowledge disqualifies Romney.

  • Obama showed yet again how little he actually knows. I literally almost fell out of my chair with laughter when he said bayonets aren’t used anymore!

  • liz

    Yes, you nailed it – patronizing and insulting, talking down to Romney as if he were a child. It was interesting to watch as the REAL ignorant moron patronized and insulted his opponent with what he thought was intelligent wit. He only succeeded in reinforcing Romney’s argument, and proving his point: it’s dangerous for the country to leave morons in charge of defending it.
    He grandiosely bragged that he had been willing to “move heaven and earth” to get Bin Laden, and that his greatest priority was keeping Americans safe. Tell that to the dead Ambassador and the 3 other Americans in Benghazi, after they had begged him for protection for weeks.
    His greatest priority is covering his own ass – his disasterous mess – even if he has to resort to lies so lame even his own fans don’t believe them. He could care less about anyone elses safety, and that should be crystal clear to everyone by now.