There was a time within the memory of living Americans that the announcement of a new flattop being launched by the Japanese would have been greeted with anger.
When Americans were locked in a death struggle with the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific, news that a large naval vessel was on the way would have only meant more U.S. sailors would be in danger.
The world has truly come full circle when the announcement that Japan will be launching its largest warship since WWII is good news among Americans who still place value on the thought of a free world guaranteed by the United States and its allies.
According to The Associated Press, the new vessel is named Izumo — after the mythical location where the gods landed in Japanese mythology — and features a flat deck that bears a remarkable resemblance to that of an aircraft carrier. That deck is 820 feet long and will hold 14 helicopters, or, one assumes, a like number of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
The Japanese say the ship is to be a part of the nation’s anti-submarine warfare and border surveillance efforts.
While Americans don’t have a problem with the new Japanese vessel, China is not pleased.
This is because a belligerent China has been asserting unilateral territorial rights throughout the South China Sea and parts of the Pacific. A newly assertive Japan is a Japan that won’t be pushed around by the Chinese dragon.
But the question begging to be asked is: Why does China feel free to bully an American ally and why did Japan respond in this manner?
The answer is simple. The Obama administration is busy gutting America’s defense. Obama has the dangerously naive, and unpatriotic at that, idea that American land and sea power is provocative and destabilizing in the view of other nations. This theory doesn’t even qualify as nonsense. On the contrary, the absence of U.S. naval power is provocative and invites the world’s bad actors to start throwing their weight around.
It started small off the Horn of Africa when the Somali pirates began plaguing sea traffic. During the Age of Sail the British Royal Navy made short work of pirates and piracy. But in the age of the nuclear submarine, a bureaucratic, ossified U.S. Navy is so under strength the pirates are allowed free reign.
China and other potential opponents have not missed the message. Now, due to Obama administration cutbacks, the Navy will soon have the smallest fleet since 1915. During his debate with Mitt Romney, Obama derided Romney for bringing up the fact that the Navy was dangerously small. A condescending Obama informed Romney that we now have something called an aircraft carrier and other modern ships.
But as far as I know, none of those ships can be in two places at one time — something both the Chinese and the Japanese realize.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.