“…without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!” —Captain John Paul Jones, 17 October 1776
That old salt Popeye the Sailor saw things more clearly out of one eye than Ray Mabus—current Secretary of the Navy, former yuppie governor of Mississippi, ambassador to the Sauds, and the only Democrat whose name was ever mentioned by the 16th Century French soothsayer Nostradamus (Century II, Quatrain 62)—ever saw out of two. Of course, when it comes to national security, the Secretary’s peepers, like those belonging to his boss, are as short-sighted as they come. The myopic Mabus and his Commander-In-Chief have sunk more American ships than Admiral Yamamoto and the Imperial Japanese Navy. This pair of mock mariners would like us to believe that fighter jets fueled by the modern equivalent of corn whiskey are the future of naval aviation, that co-ed submarines—now known as Love Boats—are just the ticket for the once “Silent Service,” and that our surface warships should be named after such illustrious sea dogs as John Murtha, Cesar Chavez, and Gabrielle Giffords. Well, blow me down. If these ‘Progressive’ pirates aren’t scuttled soon, they’ll be sending the United States along with all hands aboard to a watery grave:
With the election of Barack Obama to the American presidency…liberals have stumbled upon the most effective way of forcing the military to lean toward the left. You simply remake the armed forces into a trendy, liberal environment from within. As commander in chief, the president issues orders down through the chain of command, a perfect top-down structure for ensuring obedience. Everyone is scared about ruined careers, passed-over promotions, and expectant families back home.
It’s not just open homosexuality and women in combat that are now being promoted, but liberal causes of every stripe, including multiculturalism. Look on any military website to see what’s being emphasized. You won’t find the fighting spirit that World War 2 citizens came to expect. Hello instead goodwill ambassadors and humanitarians.
Fighting spirit—in Barack Obama’s military? Perish the thought, unless you stumble upon it by sheerest accident among a remote battalion or two as yet unreached by his social engineers. What you will find, however, are plenty of G.I. Joe’s strapping on their ’empathy bellies’ and ersatz bosoms in order to educate themselves to the woes of their impregnated distaff counterparts (see Army Daze). But let’s return to the Secretary as he contemplates his Naval. From The American Spectator:
Under Mabus and Obama, our Navy has shrunk to World War I levels, women are serving on submarines and we are spending untold millions or billions on “greening” the navy. The Marine Corps is about to be cut massively and the navy’s shipbuilding program is being delayed, resulting in a force that may be over-stressed or even incapable of doing its job in the next crisis. Right now we have more admirals than ships.
Mabus has also done his best to convert the Navy to “green energy.” He has pledged that 50 percent of all the energy the Navy uses will come from “green” energy by 2020. He has pledged to use public-private partnerships to purchase a gigawatt of “green” energy, which he said was enough to power the city of Orlando, Florida. Obama took pains to praise him in this year’s State of the Union address.
The latest Mabus-created controversy resulted from his changing the Navy’s process for naming ships. In the past, ships were named for presidents, our greatest allies (e.g. Winston Churchill), states, cities, and heroes. Last year, Mabus named a ship for Caesar Chavez. For those who don’t remember, Chavez was a political activist for illegal farm workers who played a major role in pushing through the 1986 immigration amnesty.
What swab worth his salt wouldn’t be damned proud to serve aboard a vessel named for a left-wing union organizer? Especially one that’s being powered by seaweed:
The administration’s latest boondoggle involves the use of executive authority to essentially force the U.S. Navy to buy 450,000 gallons of “alternative” biofuel, at the bargain-counter rate of just $15 per gallon.
…The fuel, a mixture of petroleum and processed algae oil, will be used to power the “Great Green Fleet Carrier Strike Force” (not a parody) during the Navy’s summer 2012 exercises in the Pacific Rim.
Obama’s Navy—Strong to the finish, ’cause it’s runnin’ on spinach.
See also: Who Wants an Algae Powered Navy? via alpipkin.com