Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Obama hijacks the Navy
Posted on 02/13/2012 7:59:00 PM PST by Interesting Times
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is back again using a U.S. Navy warship as a vessel of political pandering. At a hurriedly convened Pentagon ceremony Friday, Mr. Mabus announced that the next littoral combat ship, LCS-11, would be named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. Mrs. Giffords recently resigned her congressional seat to focus on recovering from wounds she received in a tragic January 2011 shooting. There are many appropriate ways to honor Mrs. Giffords, but this is not one of them.
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You never name a ship after a woman. It's bad luck.
Excellent point, Gene. I'd guess because Mabus is taking his orders from the turkey in the WH.
That looks a lot better, Smooth.
Thanks for posting this. Obviously, all new Navy ships will be named for RATS by this administration.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is back again using a U.S. Navy warship as a vessel of political pandering.
Thanks for the ping!
Or the two Roosevelts? At least Ford, Bush, and Reagan were commanders in chief. Teddy was a volunteer officer in the Spanish American War, and was an assistant SecNav when he resigned to go raise the Rough Riders, and fight with them in Cuba. Ford and Bush were WW-II Navy men, while Reagan was Army Air Corps. (Sure he just made movies, but you go where they send you, and making those training films was a useful contribution, especially for a guy who didn't see all that well.) Vinson was a 25 term representative, who at least was helpful to the war effort in WW-II, and of those mentioned, I think deserved the honor the least.
That said, I'd rather they named carriers after sea battles or previous ships, like Midway and Enterprise. If they must name them after people, then ex Presidents with military service is not a bad standard. (Leaves out Billy Jeff and The Won)
Give me a break. How does a 3 term Congresswoman compare to three Presidents of the United States and a Democrat Congressman who served for over 50 years and is known as "The Father of the Two-Ocean Navy?"
Ford and Bush 41 served overseas in the U S Navy during wartime and Reagan served during WWII in the US Army domestically. Ford and Bush saw combat.
Incorrect. USS Gabrielle Giffords will be LCS-10.
LCS-11 will be USS Whitney Houston
In 2001, Roosevelt was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. The medal is displayed in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. He was the first and, thus far, the only President of the United States to be awarded America’s highest military honor, and the only person in history to receive both his nation’s highest honor for military valor and the world’s foremost prize for peace. His oldest son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., would also be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, for his actions at Normandy on June 6, 1944.
I’m glad you gave the link there. I was on that page and didn’t see it. It’s nearly invisible.
I drove by the Queen Mary at Long Beach this weekend. I will be sure to tell them that they should have never named the ship after a woman. Of course the Queen Elizabeth II is also named after a woman.
The Nobel Peace Prize is the award given to Obama for something or another, and Yassar Arafat for being a terrorist. I don’t think that makes it ‘foremost’.
I’m not ignorant of the Republican argument for naming CVNs after their partisan heroes.
I’m just sayin’ that those four are to the Democrats like a cross to Dracula, and dragging major fleet units into political combat, to stick a finger in the Democrats’ eyes, was a prideful mistake, which will now have consequences.
In this day & age the politicization of the military makes enlisting truly bizarre, especially when you have The Sultan in office; he’ll never be questioned for attacking anything.
The next town from me just lost a 20 year-old Marine in Afghanistan; he joined when Obama was already in office, probably believed Obama would earn his peace price, and instead he is dead.
C'mon, patriots....do your part!
It takes two seconds and is non-invasive. This is a freep. This is what we're here for, correcto?
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This decision disgusts me!
Furthermore, these types of honors should NEVER go to people still alive.
HMS Boadicea (fourth of that name)
MN Jeanne d'Arc (third of that name)
Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya (Catherine the Great)