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War of 1812: Waging War With the Navy You Have

Charles Kirtley Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 8:34 AM
This story should give us hope that shrinking the defense budget from 600 billion to a mere 500 billion might not mean the end of American power.
edavis885 Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 9:02 PM
It's not how much you cut as it is what you cut. If you abandon the farce in Afghanistan and pulled out completely by the end of the year, then that you save billions. If you close down most overseas bases, that would save a lot of money. You can save money be shedding excess administrative fat in the military's structure and ending some missions. The last thing you should cut is actual combat force structure. Even then there are choices that can be made. How many warheads do you want to put on a SLBM? We can actually carry our entire allowed New START nuclear weapon force on 9 Ohio missile subs with room left over. How many Ohio replacements do we need to buy? There are trade-offs than can be made between bombers and carriers.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 7:29 PM
He's already insulted our allies and aided our enemies,blocked military equipment such as fighter jets,downsizing the military,and qu eered up the military.
And now he wants to cut our nuclear inventory to 300-400 warheads,after shutting down most anti-ballistic missile defense,leaving us vulnerable to a first strike. Unilateral action,not getting ANY matching cuts from Russia and China. Comrade Hussein signed New START that cuts our nuclear weaponry,but allows Russia to build UP to the limits,and doesn't affect China at all.
Comrade Obama IS the muslim Manchurian Candidate.
Reginald10 Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 3:39 PM
In 1812, we had a powerful ally in France - they were distracting the British.
France is still our ally, but I doubt they can offer much help with the Chinese or Russians.
Last month (June 18) marked the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. In this "second round" of the Revolutionary War, a weak, aggrieved yet ornery United States confronted its former colonial master, the eminently powerful but also riled Great Britain.

The diplomatic vocabularies of several current international conflicts echo, albeit distantly, 1812's route to war. Economic sanctions and (backfiring) embargoes aggravated U.S.-British relations. Britain's apparent lack of respect for U.S. sovereignty angered Americans. The forced "impressment" of U.S. sailors into Royal Navy service, usually backed by the threatened broadside of a RN warship, was a Yankee cause...