Written by Allen West
While Obama wafts around Asia in an attempt to calm, console and reassure our allies there – especially as they see American weakness in the face of Putin’s belligerence — our own head of the U.S. Pacific Command believes America doesn’t have the resources to conduct amphibious assaults in the wake of a crisis, as it did during World War II.
In his Life of Reason, George Santanaya wrote, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It was just five short years after the cessation of hostile combat actions in the Pacific theater of World War II that the conflagration on the Korean peninsula began. General Douglas MacArthur endeavored to conduct a behind-the-lines amphibious operation at a place called Inchon. The operation had to be delayed due to a lack of amphibious capability, Marines and necessary craft. And it here we are all over again in the same region.
According to Adm. Samuel Locklear III, “To get Marines around effectively, they require all types of lift. They require the big amphibious ships, but they also require connectors (meaning landing craft and other amphibious vehicles). The lift is the enabler that makes that happen, so we wouldn’t be able to [successfully carry out a contested amphibious assault without additional resources],” as Stars and Stripes reported.
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