It is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt. – Abraham Lincoln
It has been suggested that the world today is broken down into 30 second sound bites. In such a world, it has been suggested that the Navy needs to find its 30 seconds of fame, or said another way, be able to explain its purpose in 30 seconds. I would suggest that perhaps Vice Admiral John Bird’s recent 30 second sound bite would not win the CNO’s 30 seconds of fame contest.
In fact, I would suggest that this quote is not helpful for the Navy.
‚ÄúThe purpose of the Navy,‚ÄĚ Vice Admiral John Bird, commander of the Seventh Fleet, tells me, ‚Äúis not to fight.‚ÄĚ The mere presence of the Navy should suffice, he argues, to dissuade any attack or attempt to destabilize the region.
Wow. Just wow. My first impression after reading this comment makes me want to curse excessively, so I’ll just say nothing for now.
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