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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Political hackery ping.
Thank you for posting the link to NoMurthaShip.com, it is an absolute travesty that SECNAV Ray Mabus is naming a U.S. Navy ship after the corrupt John Murtha!
I’m sorry that this woman took a bullet because of a nutcase, but to say that she deserves a ship named after her shows complete disrespect for a time-honored tradition.
The only thing that should be named after Murtha is a Port-a-John pumper truck.
Next we’ll have the USS Barney Frank - accommodates large torpedos.
Amen to that!
Thank you for the ping. I shall with hold my thoughts, and ask the Heavenly Father to protect our ‘brave’ souls that freely give of themselves to protect US.
It really seems to me that the Navy is setting itself up for much additional on-board maintenance!
If I were stationed on a ship named “Medgar Evers”; “Cesar Chavez”; or scumbag “John Murtha”; I'd be joining the rest of the crew in pissing all over the deck, the berthing quarters, even the bridge, to confront the injustice!
According to critics, the LCS is under-armed, and severely lacking in anti-missile and anti-air defense. The irony of naming the ship after a gunshot victim will not be missed by those serving aboard her, when the USS Giffords is sent into a dangerous region.
Jaz, there's 1,890 signatures on the petition. I need to put a boot in Cpt. Bailey's butt, this is going too slow! :o)
As a former sailor and Navy brat, this disturbs me in so many ways.
I understand many people find it odd, but I feel that a ship is much more than the physical components it is built from.
Particularly with warships.
I cannot explain it, but using it as a piece of political candy or a partisan crowbar is offensive in ways other than the obvious.
Ann Coulter once said liberals seem to enjoy lying for the sheer fun or enjoyment of it, just to see how much people will swallow before someone is moved to speak out.
For them, this is a triple crown: They can destroy and demoralize the military, use this as a political tool (for gun control, payback and the like) all while having loads of fun poking conservatives and the military in the eye because they just plain enjoy it.
I once came across a picture of a US Cruiser being broken down for scrap. It’s main guns, were all facing forward and the bridge and superstructure were intact.
The bow back to the main battery was gone.
I know some people just won’t understand, but my first thought was a human face with the nose cut off. It looked completely disfigured, just...wrong. And sad.
When I heard they named this ship after this woman, it hit me the same way, but worse because it was tinged with maliciousness and and intentional disrespect.
Do it, Smooth. :-)
Maybe more FReepers will sign before you have to though. LOL!
LOL, I notice that he did highlight the petition link like I asked him to!
>> It is not appropriate to name a U.S. Navy ship after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords though what happened to her is very sad.
A Federal Conservative judge was murdered by the same shooter. Why not name the ship after him?
Once you accepted the USS Vinson, the USS Ford, the USS HW Bush and, yes, the USS Reagan, you made this inevitable.
And a great big load of seamen!
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?
Sign up and then come back to bump to keep this thread moving.
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)
I agree the Nobel Peace Prize is tainted and political, but that does not change its current status around most of this globe. It is just a sad fact.
Partisan heroes? First, you seem to overlook the fact that we have currently in the fleet the following ships named after Presidents:
USS George Washington (CVN-73)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) (planned for 2015)
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77)
In the past we have had ships named after Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Van Buren, Grasnt, Hayes, and Wilson. You will notice that the list includes Reps and Dems. So this has nothing to do with partisan politics.
Im 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.
Sheer nonesense. First, Vinson was a Democrat among the four you listed. And do you think it makes Reps cringe when they hear that the JFK, HST, or FDR named ships are deployed and going into battle? What kind of world do you live in?
The issue here is whether Giffords deserves a ship named after her or not. I don't think she does. This is real political partisanship. I have no problem with JFK, HST, FDR, or Wilson having ships named after them or Carl Vinson for that matter even though he was an avowed segregationist.
When the website first went online on Jan. 26th you couldn't tell the word "petition" was an actual live link. It just looked like black type, same as every other word.
At least now the word is highlighted in color and underlined, petition. It's an improvement, but it would be even better if there was a stand alone link in big bold print that said ...
Fortunately I have the Free Republic advantage. :-)
I didn’t think the Queen Mary was a warship but if you say so. Nice catch.
You posted a picture of a gay French ship, a faggy Brit ship and a damn Russian piece of crap and that is comparative to what the US Navy does?
If you say so.
Actually during WWII the Queen Mary was used as a transport ship for Allied soldiers.