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Comment Re:armor on the struck ship was disappointing (Score 1) 109 109

While that may be true, the groups that make these decisions are the same folks who decided F-4s didn't need guns, because the day of the dogfight was over. If F-4s had been used under the conditions that these people envisioned, they would have been right. However, the rules of engagement during Vietnam precluded use of the F-4 as designed, so you had pilots get into some deep doo-doo because they didn't have a means to retaliate against enemy fighers after launching all of their missiles. I can easily think of at least one reason to have at least limited armor (which i have no idea if this vessel has or not:) to prevent an attack similar to what happened to USS Cole. You certainly aren't going to protect yourself from a speedboat bomb, while in dock, with a phalanx.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 254 254

sigh, it was NOT MacArthur. It was Field Marshal Montgomery, addressing parliament in the 1960s, "Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives." http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bernard_Montgomery,_1st_Viscount_Montgomery_of_Alamein It is widely speculated that it IS the inspiration behind Vincini's quip about land war in asia, though.

Comment Re:Yay Comcast. (Score 1) 224 224

Century link? don't you mean Quest? or Qwest? or USWest? or maybe southern pacific telco? or maybe Sprint? Yea, WTF, the name change so we won't remember how crappy they were is getting a little stupid. The only time I've ever had service from them, they charged me for 6 months of DSL that i never ordered or received.

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