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Killing a US Carrier

Aircraft carriers are nowhere near as vulnerable as popularly believed and are essentially unsinkable except by nuclear-weapons. Modern US carrier can absorb a dozen torpedo hits and remain underway. Naval expert Norman Polmar once told me the only way to finish off a US carrier is to send a missile or two through an open elevator and hope they explode …

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Chinese Expansion in the Indian Ocean

In 1971, the last Royal Navy squadron east of Suez departed for home, leaving a power vacuum. It seemed logical the US would replace the British. The US, however, was overextended; in part because of Second Indochina, but equally,  since President Lyndon Johnson had said American could have both guns and butter, his Great Society programs – a policy President …