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Have you seen Mr. Jerry Hendrix’s writing against aircraft carriers in National Review? I’m a sucker for speeches against the sophisticated, so I took the time to read the 2,700-word piece. Then I found this reply by Mr. Seth Cropsey, whose work I read as often as I can, and Mr. Hendrix’s rejoinder.
These capable, honored men are quarrelling about the status of the aircraft carrier in American strategy. World War II, the Cold War, and the coming Chinese war are the past and imagined political conflicts in which the aircraft carrier features prominently.
The argument against the dominance of the aircraft carrier among American arms is this: The technology is becoming outdated; the use of the weapon is thus reduced; and it is politically compromised–Americans could not deal with the news that one or two were sunk with some ten thousand men returning in ten thousand coffins decorated with flags. War around China makes carriers next to useless, in short. Taiwan is lost.
The argument in favor is that the air-wing needs radical changes, but that’s how it’s always been. Carriers get better, and aircraft changes to fit the requirements of the next war. The carrier is the center of a sophisticated form of warfare: Cyber-warfare, and attacks on satellites and command and control centers, prepare the fog of war in which carrier groups move forward to strike at carefully chosen targets before they move on so as to remain more or less invulnerable.
A carrier in its war making is rather like God–mysterious.
What do you gents and ladies think about the carrier’s future and the possibility of war in China?
Do you think the carrier has a future aside from the Chicom threat? Does it make sense to have a carrier fleet without thinking about the coming war? Does it make sense to bet on the carrier fleet if you do think war is coming?