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However, with respect to Romney's "argument" that Obama has been overseeing a decline in US naval strength because the US has fewer ships today than in 1916 ...

... not zero ships, but fewer ships ...

... does the British Army have more bayonets today than they had in 1916, or fewer?


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 Wed Oct 24th, 2012 at 10:07:41 AM EST
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The British Army was fighting a total war, including conscription, with one bayonet for every man. So of course there are fewer bayonets. But this is a very simplified way of discussing a complex naval issue.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Oct 26th, 2012 at 04:46:34 AM EST
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"But this is a very simplified way of discussing a complex naval issue."

And just comparing the bare number of ships isn't?

by IM on Fri Oct 26th, 2012 at 05:02:52 AM EST
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YES!

That's the point: Romney has been stumping repeatedly on the argument that "the US has fewer ships today than in 1916".

Hence the Horses and Bayonets rebuttal.

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 26th, 2012 at 05:31:25 PM EST
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