Hey, what do you know, the military does use bayonets and horses. You would think that the Commander in Chief would know this, but last night President Obama thought he’d be cute in an effort to make Mitt Romney look bad.
“I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You — 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.”
Not only did he appear to be small and condescending, he was flat out wrong.
But horses and bayonets both remain vital parts of the U.S. arsenal.
The Daily Caller won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award this year for a war report about the American soldiers who — riding on horseback — were the first U.S. forces to fight in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks. (RELATED VIDEO: Secret mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11)
Our troops use bayonets all the time.
“The bayonet is still very much a useful tool,” former U.S. Marine Doug Miller, of Hiawatha, Kan., told FoxNews.com. “That was kind of a dumb thing for him to say.”
Miller, 64, a Vietnam veteran who served in the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines Division, said the bayonet is indispensable for Marines in urban warfare, where they may have to go room to room in search of insurgents.
“You can’t always swing the rifle into position, especially in close quarters,” Miller said. “That bayonet could save your life.”
The M9 bayonet and others in the series have been manufactured for the military by several companies, including Buck Knives and the Ontario Knife Co. The weapon attaches to the M16 rifle’s M4 carbine. It also can be used with the Mossberg 590 Special Purpose shotgun.
“Bottom line: The bayonet remains part of the individual Marine equipment issue and Marines are trained to use it,” retired Maj. Gen. Ed Usher, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, told FoxNews.com.
But Marines carry bayonets in the field, and all must complete training with the hand-to-hand combat staple. (Read More)
I think President Obama needs to spend a little time looking at how our military works.
Update: Linked by The Other McCain – thanks!
Update 2: It looks like there are actually more bayonets in use today by the military than there were back in 1916. But Obama is right, there are fewer horses.
When it comes to bayonets, though Mr. Obama may not be as accurate. In 1916, Army and Marine Corps forces were relatively small, the World War I buildup having not begun. There were about 200,000 active duty Army soldiers and about 14,000 Marines, making it unlikely that there were more than the approximately 614,000 bayonets in the inventory today.
I would say that there are more horses @sses in today’s government than there were in 1916, however.