HMS Ark Royal is making a visit to Germany. Then the famous British aircraft carrier will be decommissioned. The Ark Royal was the flagship of the British armada that sailed in 1982 to recover the Falkland Islands after the Argentineans invaded.
With the decommissioning of the Ark Royal, the British Navy will no longer have an aircraft carrier. The British fleet that once ruled the waves is now a joke.
What befell the British Navy was not enemy action. It was something worse. Liberal budget cuts. The British government needed more money for entitlement programs, so like liberals everywhere, they took it from the military budget. For the British, this means war. Oil has been discovered in the area of the Falkland Islands and Argentina is looking that way. Once the Ark Royal and other British ships, who are victims of the budget cuts, are decommissioned, the British will have no way to take those islands back the next time Argentina decides war is better than diplomacy.
There is a lesson to be learned from this for the United States. Last year’s defense budget was approximately $680 billion. The Obama “fake let’s reduce the deficit” committee has suggested budget cuts of $111 billion.
Where do we cut?
On 9/11, we were attacked and whether we like it or not, we have to fight back. WE have been fighting for almost ten years. We have equipment that has simply become obsolete. We have equipment that has just worn out. We have soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who need equipment. Our military, in terms of size, is the smallest it has been since World War II. So where do we cut?
Do we not replace aircraft that date from the 70’s? Do we not replace ships that date from the 50’s? Do we want the United States to sill be a super power? Do we want China to kick us out of the Western Pacific?
In the late 1970’s, the United States military had become hollow. It could not carry out many of its basic missions. Then Ronald Reagan became President and we built up our military. That was then and this is now. The last four Presidents have blown the peace dividend. Even after 9/11, George Bush did not build the military the way he needed to.
As we go into 2011, we are going to have to look at what is going to be defunded. In most cases, that is what we will need to do. But we are also going to have to take a look at what needs to be funded.
As a country, we are going to have to make a decision. Do we want to be a superpower or do we want to be an unimportant country, like Britain.
We know Obama wants us to be weak and impotent. But is that really what America wants?