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Friday, June 21, 2024

Is Romney stupid or just a liar?

The following article from Politifact is a very good indicator why we do not want Romney as Commander-in-Chief. He either has not a clue about the military or he is willing to lie about it. Either scenero is disqualifying.


Mitt Romney says U.S. Navy is smallest since 1917, Air Force is smallest since 1947


During the Jan. 16, 2012, Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took aim at President Barack Obama’s support for the U.S. military.

“The most extraordinary thing that’s happened with this military authorization is the president is planning on cutting $1 trillion out of military spending,” Romney said. “Our Navy is smaller than it’s been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947. We are cutting our number of troops. We are not giving the veterans the care they deserve. We simply cannot continue to cut our Department of Defense budget if we are going to remain the hope of the Earth. And I will fight to make sure America retains military superiority.”

This comment includes a lot of separate claims, but after a number of readers contacted us, we decided to focus on two of them: “Our Navy is smaller than it’s been since 1917,” and, “Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947.”

His underlying point: The U.S. military has been seriously weakened compared to what it was 50 and 100 years ago.

We’ll look at both the numbers as well as the larger context. But as you’ll see below, using the number of military ships and airplanes is an outdated practice that one expert says “doesn’t pass ‘the giggle test.’ “

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