Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bayonets

The bayonet is an interesting little piece of steel.  It attaches to the end of a rifle and is used to poke holes in people when they get too close.  Evidently, our President doesn't think that bayonets have much use in the modern military.  Last night at the debate, he scolded Governor Romney:
"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."
Our President should school himself. Bayonets are still used in the military.
We spoke with Dan Riker from Bayonet Inc. -- a leading military surplus outlet that specializes in bayonets -- who tells us he believes Obama's comment was "ignorant ... because our soldiers still use bayonets."
The Marines still have bayonet training, and the Army might, although I only got one taste of bayonet training while I was in the active service.  I have been issued bayonets, and I have inventoried bayonets.  Soldiers know what they are and how to use them.  The nature of our military might have changed, but the tools available to the soldier changes slowly.

However, there is no excuse for the President to show this level of ignorance.  Hopefully, we'll school him in November, and he can go on to a blissfully ignorant retirement.

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Amen Brother, sing it! The Marines are still issued Bayonets, and the Army still has horses...

Anonymous said...

And I trust Old NFO in that we need more warships than we have now. I've heard you say it in old VCs and read it on your blog. There have been very few if any times I was mad because I brought too much of anything to any particular place. I can only assume that pays twice as much with combat and the ability to bring the pain.
Riley