Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Saturday, April 30, 2005

I Got Nuthin'

Not much in the way of submarine news this week, so I figured I'd just throw out some random statements that I believe to be true... no links, no assertations that "I know this but can't say because it's secret", nothing but things I think based on life experience:

1) Anyone who says that Pres. Bush intentionally lied about believing that Iraq had WMDs before the war is an idiot. Sen. Kennedy said that he "lied" about it for political advantage. Does Kennedy really think that finding out there were none is a political advantage? We used the WMD argument because we thought it was the best of the many, many reasons for getting rid of Saddam that would win over world opinion. Every indication we had was that Iraq still had chemical weapons.

2) Of course Pres. Bush got "preferential treatment" to get into the National Guard. Not that his Dad called anyone up and said "get my son into the Guard", it's just that those "in the loop" take care of each other without anyone having to ask... it's a given. However, this makes absolutely no difference on whether or not he's a good President.

3) Yes, the BRAC will unfairly target "blue states". Politics does invade all processes, and BRAC is a political process much more that it is a military efficiency process. The more I think about it, the more I think that Groton will probably be on the base closure list, in addition to Portsmouth.

Comments are welcome...

Update 2357 02 May: Oh, yeah, another thing; for all you celebrities out there who think that people are "stifling dissent" when they call you an idiot for saying idiotic things, they're not violating your 1st amendment rights; they're exercising theirs. The 1st Amendment says that the government can't censor you unreasonably; people can say they're not going to see your stupid movies all they want. I know that starring in weird movies may make you an expert on international affairs, but that doesn't mean we want to pay money to hear your political beliefs.


Blogger ex_nuke_751 said...

I agree that Groton is a likely target this round. Besides the blue state issue, there is the real issue that the Atlantic is not nearly as relevant as the Pac. As a reservist who drills there, I am not thrilled by this, but I think the case against it is pretty strong.

4/30/2005 6:54 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Nothing wrong with a little Blue Atate punishment. That's what they get!

4/30/2005 7:29 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

There are winners and losers in all aspects of life. Groton has always had an exploitable flaw that enemies could use, and it is already a nice, one-of-a-kind museum. What is of concern though is the growing irrelevance (to the minds of congress) of a large, potent submarine service.

What will Groton's closure presage? ...exactly what enemies of our country heretofore could not: 1) emasculating the country's carefully crafted submarine heritage; 2) killing the esprit setting the service apart; 3) consequently, creating a much more severe recruiting problem than at present; 4) accepting women into the submarine service to bridge the resulting recruiting gap (an irreversible step); and finally, 5) integrating all of the military services into a single, push-button force overseen by an Air Force type command structure.

This is precisely what some of our civilian politicians have under current consideration to recoup the expanding "peace dividend."
How quickly they forget what lack of military preparedness has always invited.

You will disagree, but you can only standby and watch the carnage with me. Keep an eye on Sen. John McCain, for starters.

4/30/2005 8:51 PM

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I think folks need to step back and take a hard look at what military in the "blue" states really means. ( As an aside, I think the term really has no meaning since next election will be a different line up anyway.)

The Navy used to be in just about every one of the country's major seaports. San Fran, New York, Boston, Conneticut, Newport R.I., Charleston S.C. Now say what you will about Californina and Mass, but there was a time when they knew what the Navy was about. One of the problems these days is that the Navy ( and for that matter the other services are isolated in certain enclaves). Making Norfolk or San Diego even bigger, is not good for anybody, and will make even less people know what their Navy does.

So in the long run the divide between America and her armed forces will grow. People support the troops, but a lot of them don't really understand what really supporting the troops means.

That is sad.

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BRAC: Base Realignment and Closure process; their list of recommendations for closure is coming out next week.

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