by Captain John Konrad () In the last fifteen years of writing for , I have not often been at a loss for words. Today I am. In the last two days, I have watched two of the most boring, inaccurate, and frustrating videos ever.
As an American ship captain and proud US Merchant Mariner I am embarrassed.
The first is the US Government’s official Maritime Day Celebration day video. We asked a few teachers to grade this video as if it was a high school project. The grades ranged from F to C minus.
Released just days after a comprehensive and complete plan for Maritime industry investment by the European Union… this video – rife with poor audio, poor lighting, poor graphics, and very poor attention to detail – makes one point vibrantly clear: the US Government and Biden Administration does not give two shits about the US Merchant Marine. They don’t even care enough to produce a watchable video, much less one which fills you with pride and a sense of purpose.
The second video is worse. It’s footage of a joint hearing between the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and projection forces subcommittee and readiness subcommittee of Congress.
“Throughout this hearing, it appears as though the effort that has been made by MARAD, by TRANSCOM, Navy and by the committee has not been successful,” subcommittee chair Rep. John Garamendi (DCalif.) said.
Sir that’s a total understatement. I began to document all the wrong factually information and idiotic ideas discussed in this meeting but, after two pages of written text, I deleted it. If you insist on a recap then read USNI’s report but I don’t have the hours required to point out all it’s major problems.
What I will say is that it is clear that acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley looked like a deer in the headlights and somewhat comical next to fourstar Army general Lyons. Lyons appeared weak and alone without any US Navy support or representation. The star of the show was Kevin M. Tokarski, Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, who at least had his fact straight but kept referring back to stale (or outright antiquated) ideas – like Title XI loans – that haven’t worked in decades.
Missing from the hiring was testimony from anyone who is an actual ship captain or ship owner or any representative of the United States Navy.
Like I said, I had an entire article written that enumerates all the failures and false narratives of this committee… but the situation is so hopeless that I don’t want to waste more of your time.
That said, if you are looking to be depressed then go watch for yourself:
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