Yesterday I rounded up some pertinent commentary providing factual background belying Barack Obama’s patronizing gibe at Mitt Romney in Monday night’s foreign policy debate:
I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
NRO has now followed up with Harold Hutchison’s column “Obama’s unready Navy” as well as Charles Cooke’s post “Bayonets and horses”, Daniel Foster’s post “The pointy end of the United States Marine Corps” and Alexander Gray’s post “O’s declining Navy.”
FOOTNOTE: Thanks to the readers who wrote regarding their Army training in use of the bayonet.