The connection to the topic is like my disgust for government (both parties) I HATE to use or hide behind the wotds: coulda, woulda, shoulda.
You talk about AFL as if they are something new. They aren’t. If you work for them shoreside, then for (y)our sake it works.
If you see that AFL HAS hired US crew, then I would be in support. That would have shown they have true sincere plans to do this. But. 5 years hence, they will be singing the ‘not enough US crew, so let us use foreigners’ cry. Coulda woulda shoulda. If you ‘give’ them a caveat or an ‘out’ rest assured they will use it.
Regarding the thought that there isn’t capacity to build US, or that US bottoms aren’t as good; I think it would be hard to find a better example of mis directed ideas about shipbuilding. Of course if our shipyards have no work they will put out crap. So, since our shipyards put out crap, go foreign! Wrong. US shipyards, and hold them to QC standards. We do have the knowhow, and the expertise. We just have to have corporate spend the money to buy it.
Don’t tell us. Show us. Don’t say… I’m gonna do it. DO it! Don’t make excuse, make it happen. As far as changing the Jones Act, hold their feet to the fire, see what they do, THEN (maybe) change the law. But, I haven’t seen any thing concrete to open pandoras box… Yet