Frontier Former Editor

January 11, 2009

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

A presidential welcome for USS George H.W. Bush

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090110/D95KGCRG0.html

“What do you give a guy who has been blessed and has just about everything he has ever needed?” asked President George W. Bush from aboard the Navy’s newest ship. “Well, an aircraft carrier.”

It’s always disturbed me how the naming of American aircraft carriers got away from the old system of naming after American Revolutionary War and Civil War era battles and warships and drifted into naming after congressmen and presidents, even when some of those presidents deserved remembrance.

This one just smacks too much of dumbass son trying to give daddy a birthday gift.  Not to impugn father Bush’s own wartime bravery but, if they were going to name it after a wartime naval pilot, how about Edward O’Hare or Jimmy Thach or Richard Best or Wade McCluskey or legions of others who made decisive and fundamental contributions to wartime survival?

If to name it after an American politician, how about George Marshall?

Or even better – go back to the old system. The names were supposed to remind us of our history and values and sacrifice – not to be birthday or Christmas presents.

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5 Comments »

  1. They are naming a ship after Dubya’s old man? It must be very embarrassing for the personnel to serve on a vessel called “Ineffective, reactionary, senile, father of an asshole old twat”.

    Comment by Vicus Scurra — January 11, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

  2. Think how we feel having that as an instrument of power.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 11, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  3. The same as you’ve felt for the past eight years!

    Comment by raincoaster — January 14, 2009 @ 6:08 am

  4. Once again Bush II’s semi-Oedipan complex surges to the fore.

    He couldn’t give daddy a walking tour of a safe, free, democratic Bagdhad. Couldn’t present him the head of Osama Bin Laden, couldn’t show him a shiny, polished economy or burnished international reputation.

    So what DO you get the old man for father’s day when you’re a complete loser? Why, a penis extension–because you’d love it so much if only someone would do it for you.

    Even though they never will.

    Comment by Metro — January 18, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  5. Jeez, I thought they couldn’t do that unless the “honoree” was dead!

    Too bad I’m wrong.

    Comment by spacecadette — January 20, 2009 @ 1:12 am


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