President Obama’s response to Mitt Romney comments on the size of the U.S. Navy during Monday’s debate did not “play well” with American voters, former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax.
Romney complained that the Navy is “smaller now than any time since 1917.”
Obama responded: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed.”
He added sarcastically: “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines.” The issue, he said, “is not a game of Battleship, where we are counting ships.”
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ROBERT STEELE: It is a sad thing seeing General Hayden suck up so shamelessly. The plain truth is that neither Romney nor Obama have a clue about what comprises responsible national security, nor do they care. National security in the USA is a porkfest, nothing more. As General Bob Scales, USA (Ret), has documented, 4% of the force (the infantry) takes 80% of the casualties, and receive 1% of the budget. In my professional judgement, not only is 50% of every other defense dollar fraud, waste, or abuse, but the US Department of Defense today is out of control — it has no truthful understanding of the threat; it has no coherent strategy for eradicating the real threats; and its force structure is pathologically dysfunctional — a Navy with more Admirals than ships, an Air Force that cannot fly, an Army that still wants to do corps-level combat, and a Marine Corps that is no longer the gold standard for integrity (witness Marine aviation). Regardless of which individual “wins” (we project Romney by 1%, with Karl Rove working the digital numbers all night to make it so, and Obama pre-briefed and fully complicit in the “reasonable dishonesty”), The USA desperately needs a restoration of integrity in its electoral process and in its governance. All of us who stand idly by as these enormous crimes are committed in our name and at our expense is an enabler. I will not be voting for the first time in my life this year. To vote is to deny the reality that a vote in the USA has no meaning any more — it is all theater, and very bad theater at that.