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Bayonets and Battleships
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Friday, October 26, 2012
J.L. Robb

In the third presidential debate, President Obama made light of Mitt Romney’s comment concerning the present administration’s demilitarization of the US Armed Forces, as though it really wasn’t happening.  Romney stated that the U.S. Navy hadn’t had this few ships since 1916, and of course he didn’t get to the shrinking Air Force.  I think the President got him off balance a little with his comment:

"But I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

"And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting ships. It's what are our capabilities. And so when I sit down with the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith with our troops, that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home."

That’s all well and good, and the part about horses is correct; but we may wish that wasn’t so in the near future.  The part about bayonets however was blatantly false, and the President should have known so.  The crowd laughed at Obama’s “joke,” and the tweeter-twitters went ballistic.

"Bayonets and horses will go down in the history books," Golden Globe winning actress Bette Midler said in a tweet; and that is probably true.  It could go down in the history books because it may turn out that we, the United States, will one day wish it had had a lot more horses.

President Obama comment:

"We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines," he said, adding that analyzing military capabilities was not "a game of Battleship."

He’s such a funny guy, but maybe he thought Romney didn’t know that aircraft landed on aircraft carriers or that submarines submersed.  Maybe he thought these ships weren’t available until his presidency and that he built them.

“They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.” (Revelation 14:20 NIV)

Obama countered that Romney didn't understand the modern military, saying "we also have fewer horses and bayonets" to laughter from the audience.

Actually, according to an Internet search, the Army has 419,155 bayonets in its current inventory and the Marine Corps plans to buy 175,061 bayonets this year, in addition to the 195,334 bayonets it bought in 2004.

It is not known how many bayonets the military owned in 1916 or 1917; but it’s likely that almost all soldiers were issued bayonets, according to military historians.  To know the number of bayonets in the military in 1916, one could look at the number of soldiers at the time.  In 1916 the United States had 108,399 soldiers and 10,601 Marines, according to data published by the Census Bureau in 1975.  By 1917, there were 421,467 soldiers and 27,749 Marines for a total of 449,216 soldiers.

Today the Army and Marine Corps comprise a total of 764,591, all with bayonets.

So what about Romney’s statement that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships than at any time since 1916?

According to the Navy, they currently have 253 active ships, which is the smallest fleet since 1916 when we had only 245 ships.  The US Navy actually is at its smallest number of ships since before WW I.  Additionally, President Obama has been downsizing the Air Force and military spare parts production since coming to office.  Instead of being able to fight a war in two oceans at one time, his plan for America is to only maintain a military might to fight in one ocean at a time.  The Russian Navy currently has 526 ships.

At one time, the U.S. had many more nuclear weapons than our “enemies,” but not anymore.  In our efforts to “level the playing (war) field,” Russia has approximately 13,000 Nuclear weapons and the U.S. has about 9,400.  Now why exactly would the U.S. military want a level playing field?  I don’t think it’s their idea.  One day we will regret this strategy to help those who want to destroy us.

According to the Bible, specifically the Book of Revelation, there’s going to be one heck of a war in Israel sometime in the future, when Israel is surrounded by her enemies.  From watching the Arab Spring results, it will probably be the near future.  Not only is the President of the U.S. demilitarizing us, he’s ushering in the Apocalypse.  Will the United States take part in this final battle of good versus evil?  Maybe so, unless the electricity goes out.

Revelation 14:20 describes a war that will have so much death, blood will flow horse-bridle-deep and run for “1600 stadia.”  That’s a lot of blood.  A stadia is 607 feet, so 1600 stadia is about 183 miles, nearly the length of present-day Israel.

When one thinks about the above excerpt from Revelation, how could blood flow bridle-deep?  Will there be horses in this coming war?  Many “scholars” believe this is metaphorical and doesn’t really mean what it says.  I used to buy that point of view myself, at least until I realized how easy it would be for the world powers to actually lose electricity, not in the form of a temporary power outage; but a permanent one.  What could cause such an outage?

There are at least three different ways readily available: 

1.  Electro-magnetic Pulse (EMP): On July 9, 1962, in a test named Starfish Prime, a 1.4 megaton nuclear warhead (equivalent to 1.4 million TONS of dynamite) was set off at an altitude of 250 miles above Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean to test the effects of a high-altitude nuclear explosion.  Some effects were anticipated, like the auroras that appeared in the Pacific for days; and some were not.  Eight hundred miles away, Hawaii suffered massive loss of electricity.

In testimony before the U.S. Congress House Armed Services Committee, October 7, 1999, physicist Dr. Lowell Wood said the following:

"Most fortunately, these tests took place over Johnston Island in the mid-Pacific rather than the Nevada Test Site, or electromagnetic pulse would still be indelibly imprinted in the minds of the citizenry of the western U.S., as well as in the history books.   As it was, significant damage was done to both civilian and military electrical systems throughout the Hawaiian Islands, over 800 miles away from ground zero.  The origin and nature of this damage was successfully obscured at the time -- aided by its mysterious character and the essentially incredible truth."

There is an excellent book by William R. Forstchen, One Second After, that describes the devastating possibilities.

Though EMP was recognized at the time, the extent and range of damage was not anticipated. In 1962, electronics of the day were not nearly as sensitive as the microelectronics used throughout the world today.

Nuclear EMP is actually three pulses. The first pulse, E1, is a very fast pulse that can induce extremely high voltages in equipment and along electrical wiring and cables.  The E1 pulse that destroys computers and communications equipment is too fast for ordinary lightning protectors and damage to today’s electronics would be devastating; and power grids for hundreds or thousands of miles would be out, possibly damaged for several years.  The E2 pulse is easiest to protect against and causes damage similar to that caused by lightning.  The E3 pulse is a very slow pulse lasting tens to hundreds of seconds that is caused by the nuclear detonation heaving the Earth's magnetic field out of the way, followed by the restoration of the magnetic field to its natural place.  The E3 component has similarities to a geomagnetic storm caused by a very severe solar flare.

On October 25, 2012 Boeing successfully tested a weapon designed to take out electronic targets.

2. Solar Flare activity: Solar activity peaks every 11 years in a phenomenon known as Solar Max and is happening right now in 2012 and 2013.  In March 1989 a solar storm took down Quebec's entire electrical grid within seconds, leaving 6 million customers without power for 9 hours.  A later surge in the storm destroyed a large transformer at a New Jersey nuclear plant and nearly took down U.S. power grids from the mid-Atlantic through the Pacific Northwest.

In the late 1800s a solar storm affected the transmission lines of the U.S. Telegraph System and electrocuted workers.

3.  Computer hacking: In 1999 a computer hacker claimed he could easily take down 30 U.S. power grids and wrote a report to show how easily it could be done.  China and Iran have been busy hacking into different U.S. systems for years, presenting inherent dangers in electrical grid systems, hydroelectric plants as well as coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

In the 7-book novel series I am writing, The End The Book, Book One details how a Christian terrorist group hacks into the Department of Transportation System computers in several states and turn all the traffic lights to green.  The devastation was extensive.

In September 2012, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of the hacking expertise of the Chinese and Iranians in several briefings and has been talking with the Chinese directly.

In conclusion, what would the world do if all the electricity went out in the middle of a war like the one prophesied to take place at Armageddon?  It would need to be fought on horseback, and bayonets would become the weapons of choice once weapons and bullet manufacturers were shut down.  With oil refineries and power plants shut down through fused electronics, fuel storage would be of little use without pumps to operate and then there are the water systems that would be out of operation.  If there’s no electricity and the electronics in backup power systems are inoperable, how would the Air Force and Navy operate?

Maybe the blood running bridle-deep isn’t a metaphor at all.

About J.L. Robb

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