Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Imaginary U.S. Carriers Destroying Environment

You really have to read all of this post and this post and the original article to truly appreciate the staggering awesomeness of this guys stupidity:
Got that? Sanders claims that in January of this year, every single carrier we had, to include one that was decommissioned in 2003 (the Constellation) was in the Gulf.

Every one. 13. Because, you know, we always put all our carriers in one area in order to present a lucrative nuclear target while abandoning our world wide mission of keeping the sea lanes open. To put it succinctly we have never, nor would we ever, group 13 carrier strike forces together and certainly not in a waterway as restricted as the Gulf.

This has never happened.

Or from the weekly standard
The USS Abraham Lincoln, familiar to us as the ship on whose deck President Bush declared to the nation, on May 2, 2003,"Mission Accomplished," remains in service, but the military keeps classified all the numbers about its fuel consumption. The USS Lincoln helped deliver the opening salvos and air strikes in Operation Iraqi Freedom. From March 2003 until mid-April of that same year, during its deployment in the Gulf, the Navy launched 16,500 sorties from its deck, and fired 1.6 million pounds of ordnance from its guns.

The USS Abraham Lincoln has no "guns," other than those used in air defense. The 1.6 million pounds of ordnance should refer to bombs dropped in Iraq via aircraft.

Indeed, nearly every piece of information no matter how trivial is incorrect in this piece:
To keep the B-52 or F-111 in the air for extended periods of time requires in-flight re-fueling.

Did he actually do any research before this or did he just get a copy of Jane's Combat Aircraft and start writing? The F-111 was retired in 1998 so I find it more than mildly unlikely that it would be flying in 2007. Seriously, read it all and let me know what your favorite inaccuracy is!


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