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Half of All US Navy Aircraft Can't Even Fly. Have Fun Fighting China, Guys!

No wonder Washington is whining about the Chinese in the South China Sea. That's literally all they can do — whine.

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Isn't there some sort of Freudian theory about how violent maniacs are often just sad loners who are trying to overcompensate for their own insufficiencies?

Well, here's Exhibit A:

<figcaption>Expensive scrap metal?</figcaption>
Expensive scrap metal?

Sixty-two percent of the US Navy’s F/A-18s are out of service, of which 27 percent are in major depot work and 35 percent are simply awaiting maintenance or parts, Defense News said, adding that 53 percent of all Navy aircraft – some 1,700 combat aircraft, patrol, transport planes, and helicopters – can’t fly.

Moreover, there “isn’t enough money to fix the fleet’s ships, and the backlog of ships needing work continues to grow,” the article says. Some subs have allegedly been out of service literally for years, “as much as four years or more,” Defense News reports.

Holy mother of God.

Here's a bit of free advice: If you're going to maintain hundreds of military bases all over the world and threaten and bomb and invade countries at least keep your airplanes in "able to fly" condition.

What the hell happened, Washington? "Speak softly, and carry a big stick" has turned into "be an asshole, and have carriers full of broken planes."

No wonder the U.S. only bombs countries like Iraq and Libya. Anyone with a semi-functional military would turn the yanks into hamburger meat.

Good luck with that whole "South China Sea" thing. (Do your shiny-looking ships even float? Yes, but just barely.)

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