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A Navy whose fuel costs are seven times more expensive than necessary is a Navy that will be more reluctantly deployed. Sometimes that may be a good thing but other times definitely not. The purpose of the U.S. Navy and the entire military establishment is to fight wars and protect the security of the United States and its allies. Unfortunately, the military has become a target-rich environment for environmental orthodoxy and political correctness. If national leaders truly want to enhance security, they should consider other measures.
Obtain fuel at lower prices by enabling oil production in the United States. That will enhance the strategic reserve and maintain readiness. But fuel concerns are secondary to the way ships are deployed. For example, leaders should avoid docking warships such as the USS Cole in dangerous ports such as Aden, in Yemen, one of the worst havens for terrorists.
If a U.S. warship happens to dock there, do not essentially disarm the guards and tell them not to deal with any potential threat, such as suspicious boats, until actually attacked. Instead, give them sufficient arms, ammunition and orders to blow such threats out of the water at a distance, before they can explode bombs that kill 17 Americans, cause $250 million in damage, and hand terrorists a huge victory.
National leaders might also want to shore up longstanding alliances and take measures against terrorist regimes before, not after, they obtain nuclear weapons.
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