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PostUSS Gerald Ford, Calexit, Air Tragedy over Black Sea (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/26/16 4:00 pm)
A few days ago the new antisub Italian frigate Carabiniere has sailed to the Indian and South West oceans. Most probably she will participate in drills with Allied fleets.
Up to now the Navy of the Empire with 10 aircraft carriers has been a powerful shark facing a bunch of anchovies. The US won WWII against Japan thanks to its aircraft carriers.
But now the new Gerald Ford (Cvn 78) is lagging behind with almost the same problems as the F35. China with only the old Riga, now Liaoning, is clearly no match but it is building a chain of artificial islands filled of swarms of anti-ship missiles that in its mind should be able to transform the US aircraft carriers into sitting ducks. The odyssey of the Riga from the Black sea to China is interesting to see.
The lack of the prompt replacement of the US aircraft carriers may be Obama's fault. We may, however, remember that with only eight years of delay he has finally taken a correct position at the UN against the criminal Netanyahu.
The latter, as usual, declared that he does not care about the UN. I assume that NATO should place sanctions and even bomb Israel to force him to follow international law.
Congratulations to Istvan Simon for building a sundial. Maybe we can go together to sea using such an instrument.
Lately we have discussed how California voted in the November election. But the problem of California is not how its inhabitants have voted, but what they will do in the future.
California could have interests contrary to Trump and to the central government.
California is the state with the largest population, 40 million (500,000 a century ago), and the same GDP as France. It badly needs NAFTA and TTP.
It has already delegations in various countries, in primis China, it has a very liberal policy toward undocumented Hispanic immigrants, but above all it has strong feelings against climate change.
Considering the natural geographic separation from the rest of the US, high mountains and deserts, it is no surprise that the movement "Yes California" is starting to make some noises about independence.
By the way, in Italy there is a great sorrow for the death of part of the Alexandrov Ensemble, popularly known as the Red Army Chorus. Three years ago they sang at the popular Festival of Sanremo and it was a triumph.
JE comments: The Alexandrov singers were killed on Christmas day, en route to Syria, although the Orthodox holiday is not until January 7th. It is a huge tragedy for the music world. Any thoughts on the political implications in Russia, and for its Syrian adventure?
An unrelated questions for our ship experts: why haven't the Chinese built their own aircraft carriers?