[QUOTE=catherder;126306], John, what I am objecting to is the automatic assumption that any woman in a job of any importance above dishwasher somehow got that job unfairly and beat out some poor white male who deserved it so much more.[/QUOTE]
I also believe it’s safe to say that all 4-stars promoted in the last 10 (maybe 20?) years got to that position unfairly. Sadly, It’s part of the system… Just like any senior Washington position (and that IS what a 4-star job is) the straight and honest and totally clued-in to this country’s real naval threats are weeded out of the system long before they become 4-stars, senators or Cabinet members.
So, yes, I am making the assumption that she is not fit for the job… but that assumption is based on my knowledge of how the system (a system designed by white men) operates. Looking at our response to China, our shrinking Naval capabilities and the continued total lack of “give a damn” in regards to this nation’s strongest (and essentially FREE!) naval asset (the US Merchant Marine!!), I’m confident that my assumption that she’s unqualified for the job is based solely on the fact that her last job was as 3-star and she didn’t do a single thing to correct the problems we face…, she certainly didn’t do anything significant to support or even reach out to U.S. Merchant Mariners.
Who was sustaining losses before we entered WWI?
Who had the highest rate of casualties in WWII?
Who performed the largest rescue operation by a ship in human history after the Chosin Reservior shit storm?
Who turned Vietnam into the largest container port in the world?
Who were the only people actively monitoring the Russians behind enemy lines during the Cold War?
Who supplied the heavy equipment BEFORE most of the troops arrived in BOTH gulf wars?
Who has sailed into Chinese ports dozens of times this month?
Who will be shot first by a submarine if the Navy keeps playing stupid games with the chinese?
So until an Admiral does recognize that their most powerful asset are the men AND women on this very forum… I’m not about to change my opinion that she, along with everyone else currently wearing multiple stars on their shoulder, is NOT the best person for the job.
END OF RANT