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10:20 PM Thu, Jan. 17th

Kingman Letter: Obama misses on military

During the third presidential debate, downsizing the military came up, including the fact the Navy is smaller than in 1917. Doing my own research on the Navy's own sites, I discovered in 1917 we had 342 ships, many more than liberals are declaring and many more than our Navy has now.

Obama lied about many things, including sequestration, during the debate (walked back later by his people) but lies from him are common fare. Instead, some remarks on the military.

Instead of what was needed, an adult, presidential response to a smaller military, Obama instead chose a mocking, disrespectful tone. To Romney he said, "We have these things called aircraft carriers - planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater - nuclear submarines."

Romney knew. He may own one.

Continuing, "we need less horses and bayonets." Actually, bayonets are still standard equipment, including those carried by soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns.

And horses - used by cops, Border Patrol too, but Obama probably missed the veterans and soldiers gathered to re-dedicate the horse soldier statue at the 9/11 Memorial, complete with 21-gun salute.

This beautiful statue commemorates the bands of U.S. Special Forces who entered Afghanistan on horseback to track down the Taliban in harsh terrain.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Sheehan spoke. "They crushed al Qaeda and the Taliban and chased them into the mountains of Pakistan. This is a reminder of their sacrifices, including Mike Span, CIA agent, who was the first American killed there," he said.

Our military gives us their all, decade after decade. We, in turn, need to provide them, of all people, everything they need to do their jobs well and as safely as possible in this very dangerous world - and whatever medical care they may need, God forbid, should they be wounded.

There was one presidential-acting person on the stage Monday night. It was not Barack Obama. Time to put in the man who will pull us from the brink of economic collapse so we may again be a shining light in a dark world.

Linda Athens