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That was the appeal of the Soviets as an adversary in the Cold War ... if you squinted, it was possible to wargame it as WWII, Take 2. Talking the Soviets up as an adversary that would be fighting to dominate a major Ocean was harder than talking up the Soviet sub threat, but the argument for enough carriers to make a continuous air cover force across the Atlantic for supplies from the US to Europe did the trick.

But it was written as intended, no correction needed. "Re-fighting the last war" is often the last Great  Power hot-war, and there wasn't anything in the Korean War or the Second Indochinese War to knock the Navy out of re-fight WWII mode.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 12:15:46 PM EST
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