You know what I miss? The good old days of just telling it like it is and doing what needed to be done.
The days where you didn’t have to develop a media saavy justification of everything you do in order to satiate the vocal minority of the
mob democratically active populace.
Why do I lament so? Because of things like this.
The Navy announced today the decision to deploy the USS Freedom (LCS 1) in early 2010 to the Southern Command and Pacific Command areas ahead of her originally scheduled 2012 maiden deployment. According to Navy leaders, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are needed now to close urgent warfighting gaps.
“Deploying LCS now is a big step forward in getting this ship where it needs to be – operating in the increasingly important littoral regions,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations. “We must deliver this critical capability to the warfighter now.”
Critical capability? Really? It’s essentially a test platform right now. If you want to take out, see how she runs, kick the tires, whatever, then go do it. You’re the CNO for goodness’ sakes. Do what you want with it, it’s your ship.
But don’t make up extravagent statements like one 50 knot ship is suddenly critical to the Navy’s ability to be a
worldwide care package delivery service “global force for good” because you just sound silly.
The fact that it’s deploying early is headline enough. Let’s not try to sensationalize things.
We are men of action, lies do not become us.