Monday, November 05, 2007

Two Carrier Groups

Someone saying what I've been thinking:

The Air Force's ubiquitous argument against the efficacy of Navy ships operating in restricted hostile waters is that they offer relatively little striking power in return for the vulnerability they present. This is particularly true in the Persian Gulf where Iran's naval forces enjoy significant asymmetric advantages over ours. If I'm planning a surgical strike on Iran and want to maximize force protection, I get the Navy out of the Gulf.

Separately, the magic number is fifty (I didn't know it was that high). Is this another kind of "chatter" to watch, eh?:

retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner--who traced some 50 media stories pushing for war with Iraq to Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld's Office of Strategic Plans

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