The focus on bayonets and horses is misplaced. The fact is, just as with naval vessels, you need enough of the right types and in sufficient numbers, to do the job. Despite the stated need for a 600 ship Navy not so many years ago, we are approaching half that number. We are about to retire the USS Enterprise, only 25 years old, a ship that can last many more years - and it is one of those ships that airplanes land on, Mr. Obama. We are retiring four Long Beach class cruisers with their Aegis systems and 800+ missiles that can help to provide defense against medium and short range ballistic missiles that Iran is developing - missiles that can reach not only Israel, but all US forces in the theater.
Now do you understand, Mr. Obama?