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General Trump

March 3, 2017

On January 28, I observed that with the appointment of General James Mattis as U.S. Secretary of Defense, we need not worry that President Trump would order a military uniform to wear. “Mad Dog” Mattis takes care of that.

Yesterday, however, President Trump appeared at the Newport News Shipyard aboard the new Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

He was wearing a military jacket.

Never happier than with U.S. military men in uniform, the President pledged to grow the Navy’s fleet of aircraft carriers to twelve.

U.S. military doctrine is designed to fight the last war and aircraft carriers were vital to the success of American military action in the Pacific during World War II.

In May 1982, during the Falkland War, Argentina sank a guided missile destroyer and a container ship with French “Excocet” missiles. Argentina demonstrated that, in an era of anti-ship missiles, no naval vessel is unsinkable.

During the Reagan Administration a key advisor to U.S. Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, concluded that aircraft carriers were “floating coffins.”  That was more than thirty years ago, but here we are in 2017 and President Trump calls for completing our complement of carriers to twelve.

What disturbs me is that President Trump is now wearing a military jacket.

 

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