Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mark Helprin: The Diminution of the U. S. Navy
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When U. S. Senator James Webb was secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, he resigned in protest when the Congress would not agree to increase the size of the Navy to 600 ships.
Things have not improved for our Navy. According to the below linked article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday by Mark Helprin (not to be confused with Mark Halperin of Time Magazine): "Sixty ships were commonly underway in America's seaward approaches in 1998, but today there are only 20. We are abdicating our role on the oceans."
WARNING! If you are concerned about National Security and American Exceptionalism, you should be sitting down when you read this.