During his stirring campaign address to the Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential footnote Willard Mitt Romney said, “The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916. I will restore our Navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines.”
In 1916 the United States had 245 ships
In 2012 the United States has 287 ships, 3,700+ aircraft and 321,053 active duty personnel
Concerning Willard’s ambitious ship building goals, Navy spokesman Lt. Cdr. Chris Servello says building 15 ships per year would be next to impossible given the current industrial base of shipyards in the United States. In other words, Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about – I know, hard to believe.
There’s more however, to our Navy today than the number of ships it has, the quality and lethality of our modern Navy is such that almost any one of its ships could more than handle anything afloat in 1916. But concerning his “numbers”, either Willard’s staff (hence Romney) knew the numbers were off and used them anyway (LIED), or no one bothered to fact check the speech first (INCOMPETENT); don’t need either someone who’s a liar or incompetent in the White House. I tend to believe Willard knew it was a lie when he said it, but went ahead and lied to the Cadets in an effort to paint the President as weak on defense. As has been proven again and again, Romney’s a liar.