Someone wrote a clever “zinger” for Barack Obama, and he got a chance to deliver it during last night’s debate. Remember this sarcastic little monologue from the One, responding to Gov. Romney:
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
As it turns out, our military continues to use horses and bayonets today. From the Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award this year for a war report about the American soldiers who — riding on horseback — were the first U.S. forces to fight in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks. (RELATED VIDEO: Secret mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11)
And bayonets remain a fixture in Army infantry training and deployment. On August 6 a blogger at the Gizmodo technology website reported that the military was trading in bayonets for a “tomahawk”-like hand-to-hand combat weapon, but it later emerged that the source of that erroneous report was Duffelblog — a military spoof website modeled on The Onion.
No one wants to say who wrote that well-rehearsed line for Barack Obama, but since it’s stupid, irritating and wrong, the smart money is on Joe Biden.