Biden criticized over his nomination for the next chief of naval operations

 July 24, 2023

President Joe Biden is facing criticism over his nomination of the next chief of naval operations.

According to the Washington Examiner's Tom Rogan, Biden's nomination of Adm. Lisa Franchetti, who he says had a "distinguished career" in the Navy, is not the right person for the job given the current political climate.

Rogan argued that because of China's threat to Taiwan, the next chief of naval operations should have been Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Sam Paparo, given his expertise with both China and Taiwan.

He also noted that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had also recommended Paparo to the president, though he clearly went a different way.

"Navy not ready"

Rogan, like many others, have issued stark warnings regarding the readiness of the U.S. Navy, which under President Biden, isn't great.

"More specifically, it's China's very significant threat to Taiwan and to U.S. treaty allies such as the Philippines and Japan, as well as the nation's associated need for a Navy that is ready for a likely approaching war. And as assessed by weapons stockpiles and fleet strength, the Navy is not ready for that war," Rogan wrote.

He added:

That brings us back to Paparo. A naval aviator who has spent much of his career focused on the Pacific, Paparo is an expert on the People's Liberation Army. Well-regarded by the front-line units of the U.S. military and in the intelligence community, Paparo is seen as a keen strategist and a strong leader.

Rogan pointed out that those qualifications and experience are precisely why Secretary Austin recommended him for the top position.

Paparo was described as a critical "asset" for the Pentagon in its developing situation dealing with the possibility of China invading Taiwan.

"Paparo would have been best placed to better prepare the Navy for war with China," Rogan wrote.

Who is she?

Rogan fairly pointed out her distinguished career as a Navy commander. She will now claim the title as the first woman ever to lead the U.S. Navy, and to join the Joint Chiefs.

Many on social media who criticized the selection suggested that she was hired under Biden's propensity to make diversity hires.

Only time will tell if she was the right person for the job, as a Chinese invasion of Taiwan seems much more probable than ever before.

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