Monday, 5 December 2016

The US Navy is Spending Money Like a Drunken Sailor

The world’s mightiest navy is at risk of being sunk — not by a superior enemy, but by its own inability to acquire ships that work at a price that even the richest military on the planet can afford. The U.S. Navy today has only 272 deployable warships — a decline of more than 50 percent in just the last three decades — of which fewer than a third put to sea at any given time. Although the U. S. Navy remains by far the strongest force of its kind, current fleet trends call into question its future ability to meet inflated global missions that include tracking Russian submarines in the Arctic, patrolling the Persian Gulf, and defeating China on its home seas.  Dec. 5

The current New Moon of November 29  fell on the Ascendant at Washington, DC. It was conjunct the asteroid Juno and in hard aspect to Venus and Neptune. Here Venus is also square Jupiter.  This is an aspect associated with “a lack of self-discipline and s a tendency to overestimate your resources and to be rather extravagant” [1]. Venus is the lord of the 6th in hard aspect to Sun, the lord of the 9th. The 6th house rules the armed forces while the 9th rules ships and the high seas so that together they rule the navy. In addition, the New Moon is conjunct the asteroid Juno which Martha Wescott links to “ cost keeping, tallying ($$$ & fairness)”.

Altogether we have the picture of a navy being brought to account for its extravagance.

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