The Biden administration has mounted a multifaceted effort to support Israel in the aftermath of mass atrocities committed by Hamas. The most potent aspect of that effort has been the dispatch of two carrier strike groups and an amphibious ready group–a dozen warships in all–to the eastern Mediterranean. Being able to deploy so much firepower quickly in support of a key ally without having to depend on the land bases of other countries is one of the things that distinguishes American military power from that of other so-called peers. Israel’s current crisis is just the latest evidence that sea-based military forces are indispensable to America’s global military posture. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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