PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE
Fidley Watch: Homebuilt
John McCain wants to outsource America’s merchant marine.
The cantankerous Arizona Senator has added an amendment to the bipartisan-supported Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, destined for President Obama’s desk later this month, to eviscerate the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
Senator McCain was a war hero who served with honor and, in the face of brutal adversity, refused early release from a Vietnam POW camp, maintaining that those captured before him should be released first.
While we admire the Senator’s patriotism as well as his loyalty to his brother POWs, his comprehension of US maritime operations is sketchy at best. MORE