USS Harry S. Truman is anchored ashore. The aircraft carrier and crew has Middle East experience that one would believe would be indispensable if America were contemplating action with Iran.
No we are not planning to “bomb, bomb, bomb - bomb, bomb Iran,” as Senator McCain once put it. Bombing Iran would be stupid, like sequester is “stupid.” Is America stupid?
It appears to be. “Stupid is as stupid does,” said Forrest Gump.
Redeeming the stupidity is not engaging in foreign policy that we cannot afford. American wars in Iraq and Iran broke the bank. In fact, look at history since WWII and observe that American wars represent the squandering of American wealth and advantage.
We have not earned a return on the cost of war. Foreign policy has been disastrous.
Keeping Harry Truman dockside is where the ship needs to be.
“US carrier in front line of Obama's battle with Congress over $85 billion 'sequester' cuts, with more to follow
A US aircraft carrier is the focal point for a battle between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress over spending cuts to total $85 billion this year that will overshadow his administration.
By Philip Sherwell, New York
8:29PM GMT 02 Mar 2013
Docked in its home port in Virginia rather than patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf, the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman and its 3,360 officers and crew are this weekend on the front line of the latest conflict to embroil America.
The battleground is not military but budgetary, however, as the Truman's nuclear-powered might is shackled by a rancorous new fight between President Barack Obama and his Republican foes.
The two sides are locked into an apparently endless fiscal confrontation over radically different political and fiscal philosophies on the role of government. The resulting conflict over spending cuts and tax rises seems certain to dominate Mr Obama's second term in the White House.