Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Now that's what I'd call a strategy

MSNBC tells us that the Navy is adopting a new strategy:
In the first major revision of U.S. naval strategy in 25 years, maritime officials said Wednesday they plan to focus more on humanitarian missions and improving international cooperation as a way to prevent conflicts.

"We believe that preventing wars is as important as winning wars," said the new strategy announced by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Unfortunately, I don't believe a word of it. Not under this president. That feeling is confirmed later in the article:
It also says forces will be concentrated "where tensions are high or where we wish to demonstrate to our friends and allies our commitment to security" — something the U.S. did earlier this year in sending an additional aircraft carrier to the Gulf region as a show of force toward Iran.

"Credible combat power will be continuously posted in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf/Indian Ocean to protect our vital interests, assure our friends ... and deter and dissuade potential adversaries," the strategy document said.

Ahhh, now we're down to the truth. What they're really saying is that our Navy will now be permanently stationed in the Middle East, ready to show some muscle to any nation over there who starts getting too big for their britches. Humanitarian missions, my ass.

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