In the last 2012 presidential debate last night, Obama repeatedly expressed contempt for and mischaracterized Governor Romney’s position on issues.
On one occasion, the POS said: “I think Governor Romney maybe haven’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, that we have fewer ships than we had in 1916. But governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”
Here’s the Marines’ response (h/t FOTM’s Kathy!):
In fact, horses were used by our troops in Afghanistan. And U.S. Marines still train on bayonets in boot camp and many Marines still are issued bayonets as standard equipment.
Marines have also been tweeting about their CIC’s comment. Here’s one example:
@illinimarine7: Mr Obama. Im a US Marine. Im trained with a bayonet. It is a vital tool in close quarter combat. U..have no idea what we do.
10:11 PM – 22 Oct 12
Awr Hawkins of Breitbart points out:
“Moreover, by virtue of the USMC still using bayonets, there actually are more bayonets in use than 1916, when the army had between 100,000 and 140,000 enlisted members. As of 2010, the Corps boasted 203,000 active duty members and 40,000 reserve marines.
As to the size of the Navy, Romney’s remarks about fleet size were centered around a concern that U.S. naval forces would in the near future be unable to operate in multiple regions of the globe simultaneously. While Obama dismissed this out of hand, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mark Ferguson reached a similar evaluation months before the debate:
“Our role is really about the flexibility of forces, that they can move to various regions, both in this region in the Gulf and outside the Gulf… Should sequestration be enacted, the Navy would not be able to support the current national defense strategy and it would cause a reduction in the size of the fleet to the point that we would have to relook at the strategy,” Ferguson said. The Navy “would be reduced both in size and in its presence around the globe.”
Even at the beginning of Obama’s term as President, the Navy had a goal of producing a 313-ship fleet by 2013. It wasn’t until 2012, after three years of unfulfilled promises of economic recovery, that the target was abandoned. What happened between 2009 and 2012 that made the Obama administration decide that it could downgrade the size of the U.S. Navy further yet maintain its ability to operate in multiple arenas simultaneously?
Lastly, and most succinctly, submarines are boats, not ships. Obama got this one wrong as well.”
Hawkins observes that it is Obama, not Romney, who “maybe hasn’t spent enough time studying how our military works.”
In other post-debate election news, from Drudge Report:
- RASMUSSEN: R 50% O 46%…
- GALLUP: R 51% O 46%…
- Romney Wins CBS Focus Group In Ohio (see Charlie Rose and an anchorette’s reaction, here)
- Obama Supporters Continue Threats To Riot, Assassinate Romney…
- With two weeks to go, president releases second-term plan…
- ‘NC gone. Is VA next?’
And . . . the best line in last night’s debate goes to the 75-year-old moderator, CBS’s Bob Shieffer. While prefacing a question for Mitt Romney about Pakistan, Schieffer referred to Osama bin Laden as “Obama bin Laden”:
“We know that Pakistan has arrested the doctor who helped us catch Obama-uh-bin Laden.”