Is the US a Fading Superpower?

Aircraft Carrier

by Jeff Davis

An article posted on freerepublic.com reports “The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today. The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24”

It’s expensive being a superpower –too expensive for a Third World country, which the US is rapidly becoming. This down-sizing of the US military is not exactly a shock given the earlier failure to fund the refueling of a nuclear aircraft carrier last year.

An article from USNI.org reports: “The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress… The Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the …refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.”

“‘This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,’ the message said. ‘CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.”

And if some kind of serious war breaks out while the ship is delayed due to budget haggling, that ship will be one highly expensive sitting duck.

It’s logical that big-ticket items like aircraft carriers will be the first to suffer as the US transitions from a First World nation to a Third World country. The carriers will be followed by nuclear missiles in silos (rumors are that right now at least half of America’s nukes are non-functional and couldn’t be fired) and expensive bomber programs.

We’ve been focusing so intensely on wars with stubborn Third World tribesmen, who appear determined to never tolerate the US in their countries, that we’ve neglected our nuclear deterrence. While Russia isn’t a threat right now (unless some of our more stupid politicians provoke them), we do face a threat from North Korea and Red China.

Can the US shoot down a nuclear-tipped missile fired from North Korea, aimed at Los Angeles? Maybe. We don’t really know because we’ve squandered the last 24 years giving hand outs to lazy people, outsourcing America’s manufacturing industry and getting involved in conflicts in the Third World that we should have had the brains to avoid.

The two-party system has led us down the road to this pathetic condition, and we need to abolish the two-party system if we ever want America headed in the right direction again.

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