14 Apr 2009

The Real Source of Naval Supremacy

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Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Hope Carlill, KBE, CB, DSO.

A century ago, the Sultan of Morocco visited England and was given a tour of the Royal Navy’s latest battleship. The diplomat serving as his guide inquired what had most impressed the visiting monarch about the ship. Was it her 16-inch guns, the 8000 hp. engines, the torpedo boats she carried on board, or was it perhaps the new electrical control system?

No, what most impressed me was the captain’s face, replied the sultan.

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Leslie White

Do you believe that any enemy of the United States is today “impressed” by the face of the “Commander-in-Chief” of its armed forces–including its navy?

Sulky, arrogant, petulant, (falsely) sincere, but not what is required for a “captain of the ship of state.”



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