Thursday, May 24, 2007

Navy in Gulf


Steinn's posts have followed US Navy deployments with concern. Normally the ships of a battle group do not operate this close. They are in photo formation to show the world that they are inside the Gulf. Front Row: 2 Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS destroyers and a Ticonderoga-class AEGIS cruiser. Second Row Left-Right: USS John Stennis, Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Nimitz. Last Row: Whidbey Island-class landing ship.

With a nod to Brian Dunbar and Blackfive: Aboard John C. Stennis, Commander Muhammad Muzzafar F. Khan has just taken command of Sea Control Squadron VS-31. The "Topcats" of VS-31 fly the Lockheed S-3B Viking. Khan, a native of Pakistan, happens to be the first Muslim-American to command an operational aviation squadron in the US Navy. His brother is also a Naval Aviator, flying the P-3 Orion.

It is good that the Cold War was won without firing a shot. Some regimes continues to oppress women and minorities. Their reward is an economy in freefall. As proud or fearful as we are of military might, victory will go to the system that provides opportunities for its people.

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Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

Some regimes continues to oppress women and minorities. Their reward is an economy in freefall.

You sound as if you've read some of Ralph Peters essays in Paramters .. that's a good thing (grin).

3:03 AM  
Anonymous a quantum diaries survivor said...

Well Louise, I admire your optimism, but so far history has shown otherwise... It is quite rewarding to oppress using one's force, apparently.
I hope we will soon make a transition from a world where force and hatred is the language spoken, to one where it is reason and -if not love, at lease civility.

But I do not see it in the cards for this century. Maybe the next one.

Cheers,
T.

7:20 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

HI Brian. It's good to read Peters and other stuff too. The leftward UK Guardian reports panic selling on Iran's stock market, petrol rationing and spiralling prices. A country that sits on oil fields must import half of its petrol.

Good points Tommaso. Sadly, recent history shows that dictators will let their countries starve to keep themselves in power. Zimbabwe, North Korea,...one wonders what can be done to remove these people.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Darnell Clayton said...

Some regimes continues to oppress women and minorities. Their reward is an economy in freefall. As proud or fearful as we are of military might, victory will go to the system that provides opportunities for its people.

Amen to that! One thing that irritates me is that many people seem to be deaf toned when it comes to hearing the cries of the oppressed.

This "am I my brother's keeper" garbage is the reason half of these dictators are still alive on our paradise planet, and the sooner we are rid of these individuals on our planet, the better off we will be in creating stable governments off world.

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