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Published:February 9th, 2009 13:56 EST
Navy Frees $1 Billion Missile Cruiser

Navy Frees $1 Billion Missile Cruiser

By Robert Paul Reyes

"One of Pearl Harbor`s biggest, most expensive and most advanced warships runs aground outside the Honolulu International Airport.

Several attempts to remove the missile carrier have failed. But Friday night, the Navy is downplaying the potential for environmental damage.

A $1 billion Navy ship is teetering on a shallow reef off Oahu`s south shore, run aground by its new commander."

Republicans would say that this is a perfect symbol for the Barack Obama administration. A new commander-in-chief is at the helm, and in the rough economic times the inexperienced skipper has run our nation`s economy aground.

Leftists would argue that this warship is emblematic of our mighty military machine. We are the world`s only remaining superpower, and we have invested trillions in our military. But we are unable to bring peace and stability to Iraq, and we are stuck in a quagmire in Afghanistan.

In my humble opinion the Navy ship represents America (red and blue states), we are stuck in a recession with little hope that things will get better any time soon. We are the laughingstock of the world, our enemies and even our allies have little sympathy for us.

We are all in the same boat, and we all share the blame for our predicament. It was greed on Wall Street and on Main Street, and fiscal irresponsibility in Washington that crippled our economy.

But if the USS Port Royal is really symbolic of our economic plight, then there`s hope for us:

"The Navy on Monday freed the $1 billion guided missile cruiser that had been stuck for more than three days since it ran aground close to the coast of Honolulu.

The USS Port Royal was pulled off a rock and sand shoal at around 2 a.m. after crews removed about 500 tons of water and 100 tons of anchors and other equipment to lighten the vessel, the Navy said in a statement."

The Associated Press

The Navy ship was freed after a few days, but it`s going to take months and years to undo the damage of unbridled greed and corruption that has wrecked our economy.

Barack Obama needs our support and our patience as he steers our nation out of the rough seas. We have many bleak days, months and perhaps years ahead of us, but we have seen darker days and we will persevere.