Ever since the 2012 election, events keep transpiring that seem to vindicate Mitt Romney and his campaign. Googling "Mitt Romney was right about everything" shows articles from Politico, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, and on and on and on. From Russia as the number one geopolitical foe, to the woes of implementing Obamacare, to Detroit going bankrupt - well, there's certainly evidence to make the case.
Let's call this one the umpty-bumpth item on the list, to use official JOM lingo.
In the last presidential debate of 2012, Mitt Romney brought up the issue of military spending and zeroed in on the Navy:
ROMNEY: Our Navy is old -- excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We're now at under 285. We're headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That's unacceptable to me.
I want to make sure that we have the ships that are required by our Navy.
And just like Obama did in responding to Romney's statements on Russia - he countered this Romney statement with . . . a joke:
OBAMA: ...I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works.
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting ships.
Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.
And yet here we are in 2015, counting away because we do not have the ships our military needs. Just like Romney warned:
Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa.
The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. [...]
The U.S. Navy has 30 amphibious ships but says it needs 38 to fulfill war fighting requirements. It won't reach that level until 2028 because of budget constraints, according to the Navy.
Obama is going to be madder than anyone just as soon as he finds out about this in news reports.
Look, I'm just going to throw this out there: maybe - just maybe - having a community organizer as the Commander in Chief isn't the greatest idea.