Let's look at the U.S. Navy to see the effect of this policy. The Pentagon announced that seven cruisers will be decommissioned sooner than planned. Plans to buy new submarines, a large-deck amphibious ship, and smaller attack vessels will be delayed or reduced. Our Navy has already shrunk by half in the last two decades and is now too small and our ships too old to perform its multiple missions. Obama even cut the number of our ballistic missile submarines.
A graph of how the number of U.S. ships has declined looks like a ski slope going downhill. It's pretty depressing. Numbers of ships do matter. Remember, we are expected to protect freedom of the seas, make sure the Strait of Hormuz remains open, keep a major presence in the South China Sea, ferry humanitarian aid to Haiti, and chase pirates in the waters around Somalia. One of China's goals is to undercut U.S. presence in the Pacific, but we must retain our ability to sail freely in the Western Pacific for both security and economic reasons. It is absolutely vital that the United States retain our military and naval superiority. The U.S. Navy is the symbol of our ability to project power. Shrinking our Navy is dangerous not only for the United States but for the whole world.
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