Letter: Submarine gaffe sinks Himes
Published 10:10 am, Friday, October 19, 2012
Jim Himes debated Steve Obsitnik at the World Affairs Forum in Greenwich on Oct. 10. During the debate, Mr. Obsitnik said that China is our biggest threat and opportunity in the long term, and it was why a significant portion of our naval assets are being moved into the Pacific, including our submarines.
Congressman Himes derisively retorted that China didn't even have any submarines and implied that Mr. Obsitnik was delusional in even suggesting this. He doubled down on this comment later in the debate.
The next morning I did a quick Google search and discovered that not only has China had submarines since the early 1980's (Xia-class Type 092) but has just developed a new class of subs (Jin-class Type 094) that is capable of launching ballistic missiles.
Steve Obsitnik is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who had a five-year career in the Navy, primarily serving as a lieutenant on board the U.S.S. Ray (SSN653), a Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine. He was awarded eight medals during deployments to the Arctic Circle, Atlantic and Mediterranean. Steve also served in the Pentagon with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and Submarine Squadron Six in Charleston, S.C.
In addition to his stellar military record, Steve Obsitnik is also an entrepreneur who has created jobs in the high-tech industry right here in America and has dealt with and understands China from a trade perspective. Perhaps it is time to send a veteran to Congress.