Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Navy submarine to be named after Nobel Prize wiener.

The Navy has a great sense of humor having named a nuclear submarine after a President who'd rather we had none:
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission its newest nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter Feb. 19, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn.

The attack submarine Jimmy Carter honors the 39th president of the United States.

President Carter is the only U.S. president to have qualified in submarines. He has distinguished himself by a lifetime of public service, and has long ties to the Navy and the submarine force. Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946, served as a commissioned officer aboard submarines, and served as commander-in-chief from 1977 to 1981. Carter's statesmanship, philanthropy and sense of humanity earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
I was a little angry with the Navy's decision, thinking that a sub and it's name should evoke feelings of patriotism, strength and validity - "Jimmy Carter" does none of those things. Every time I hear the name now, I think of his "guest of honor" at the Democratic National convention - Michael Moore.

Naming one of te most powerful instruments of war after a man awarded with a Nobel Peace prize for never having shown any muscle makes me giggle in a couple ways. First, with Iran, Syria and North Korea determined to step up their antagonism of the world, invisible platforms with which to bring fission-powered pain are very important, especially if it launches on NK and the despotic thug that Carter allowed to build nukes because the ink on the Koyoto treaty wasn't a strong enough deterrent. Or, what a story it would be if, "Jimmy Carter launches nuclear missle that demolishes Iranian nuclear facility, bringing the mullahs to their knees, harkening memories of the hostages who were freed the day Jimmy Carter was succeeded by President Regan."

Secondly, what could be a better metaphor for Jimmy Carter's legacy if Jimmy Carter the sub has a life not unlike the life of most subs - supreme firepower that goes unused.

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