Posts Tagged ‘John mcCain’

John McCain Foresees Afghanistan Surge Success

December 9, 2008
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“Here in Afghanistan and in neighboring Pakistan we’re at a tough place, but we have confidence that working with our allies here, working with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the new effort and the new resources that will be brought in we can conclude these fights as successfully as we’re progressing in Iraq,” US Senator John S. McCain said while touring war-torn Afghanistan. Read the complete article.

November 30, 2008

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is a US Navy Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS destroyer.
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USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is part of the 7th Fleet and homeported at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.

The ship is named after John S. McCain, Jr. and John S. McCain, Sr., both Admirals in the United States Navy. John S. McCain Jr. commanded the submarines USS Gunnel and Dentuda during World War II. Subsequently he held a number of posts, rising to Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command before retiring in 1972. John S. McCain Sr. commanded the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-4), and acted as commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force during the latter stages of World War II. They were respectively the father and grandfather of John S. McCain III, former naval aviator captain, U.S. Senator representing Arizona, and Republican nominee for president in the 2008 election.

John S. McCains keel was laid down on September 3, 1991 at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine. The ship was launched on September 26, 1992, sponsored by Cindy McCain, wife of Senator McCain. John S. McCain was commissioned on July 2, 1994 at Bath Iron Works; former President George H. W. Bush, was the ceremony’s principal speaker,and John McCain spoke as well.

On 16 February 2007, John S. McCain was awarded the 2006 Battle “E” award.

Source: Wikipedia

Boots on the Ground or Weapons in the Sky?

October 31, 2008

Budget Crunch Forces U.S. Military to Choose Which Form of Defense to Pursue; This-War-Itis vs. Next-War-Itis

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For years, the military has been roiled by a heated internal debate over what kind of wars it should prepare to fight.

One faction, led by a host of senior officers, favors buying state-of-the-art weapons systems that would be useful in a traditional conflict with a nation like Russia or China. The other side, which includes Defense Secretary Robert Gates, believes the military should prepare for grinding insurgencies that closely resemble the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The dispute has long been largely academic, since the soaring defense budgets in the years since the September 2001 terror attacks left plenty of money for each side’s main priorities.

That is beginning to change, a casualty of the widening global financial crisis.

Read the entire article at The Wall Street Journal.

Panel: Fiscal Constraints Will Force Next Defense Secretary to Consider Program Kills

October 31, 2008
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The next defense secretary will inherit a vexing set of financial challenges that demand an “all-or-nothing” approach to cutting the defense budget, including weapon systems and even personnel accounts, according to a key Defense Department advisory panel cited by Defense News (subscription required).

Such “bold action” would mark a departure from the less politically painful and more common practice of dealing with fiscal constraints by imposing small cuts across all accounts, the Defense Business Board says in a new report.

John Sidney McCain — Why “Sidney”?

September 6, 2008

The Boston Globe (Sept. 5 edition) printed an article with the headline:

What’s in a name? Suddenly, McCain camp using candidate’s middle initial

The article engages in all sorts of speculation, e.g. that the name lends “gravitas” to the candidate, or that the campaign wants to draw a parallel to the “maverick” President Harry S. Truman.

(As if John Sidney McCain, at age 72 and as one of Washington’s most distinguished senators needed to play word games to gain “gravitas”)

Anyway, the article overlooks the most logical reason. Senator McCain is emphasizing his family’s multi-generational continuity of national and military service. A cursory examination of his acceptance speech makes it clear that the tradition of service — as a force shaping his character — is a major element of the Senator’s presidential campaign theme.

Here are the facts:

John Sidney McCain, Sr. (August 9, 1884––September 6, 1945) was an Admiral in the United States Navy, notable as a commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force in World War II. Under Admiral McCain’s leadership the FCTF operated almost continuously in support of the great amphibious operations during 1944 and into 1945.  

John Sidney McCain, Jr. (January 17, 1911––March 22, 1981) was a four star admiral in the United States Navy. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain was serving as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command when his son, Navy pilot (and future U.S. senator) John S. McCain III was held in Hanoi as a prisoner of war for nearly 5 1/2 years.

The Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is named for both Admirals McCain, not for Senator John Sidney McCain.

Obama or McCain — Next American Present Will Demand More From Europe

July 30, 2008
Whether Barack Obama or John McCain, the next US President will demand a lot more from Europe — more troops for Afghanistan, more money for international peacekeeping, more presence for the global war on terror, and a lot more investment in European military capabilities. Read a European take on the US presidential race and future US-European relations.