Where Is the Fleet?

Last week U.S. citizens-usually with an air of don't-look-now-but-don't-get-excited—asked an astonishing question. They said: "Where is the Fleet?"

That was a whopper. The U.S. Fleet is not just something somebody leaves in the pocket of another pair of pants. The U.S. was a troubled nation last week, but at least part of its trouble came because it felt like a man who has mislaid a bass drum in a taxicab. The 17 battleships, seven aircraft carriers, 37 cruisers, 172 destroyers, 113 submarines and some 1,100 smaller vessels that made up the Fleet on...

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