This past Tuesday was graduation at USNA in Annapolis. Leon Panetta spoke after flying in on a DOD helicopter along with another helicopter escort. He was good, gave the commencement address. It was hot as Hell.
Anyway, I chatted with an Admiral (no, I didn’t note his name, wouldn’t put it here if I did anyway) and the future of this country is in the Pacific. Panetta said the same things in his address btw. We are in the process of forming more and stronger bonds with SE Asian countries, as they are beginning to fear China, much like they feared Japan in the 1930’s. Also, the big carriers are done – they are equivalent to the battleships of 1941.
The message I got (neither gent came out and said this, just to be clear) is that we should expect China trying even harder to establish regional hegemony and that our Navy should prepare for ‘trouble’ in the South China Sea (such as the recent Phillipine - China spat).
I know most of you know this already but there it is, from the gents who ought to know.
And DAMN it was hot there!!
OT: Might post some pics later today.