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The UK and Spain want international influence. No one important cares about your opinion if you can't project power.

By the way, carriers are not good at all at

protect[ing] shipping from pirates plaguing a sea lane, or from aggressive militants in one or another cause in small boats with high explosive on board

Big ships are very vulnerable to small fast craft. And pirates are dealt with by destroying their base of operations, something for which you need - that's right - amphibious assault assets.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 10:47:55 AM EST

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