A wonderful colleague sent me this really impressive photo.
This was one of my favorite of 3 aircraft carrier strike groups taken together (Abraham Lincoln, Kitty Hawk, and Ronald Reagan)--the 1st and the 3rd of which are Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarriers.
According to the slides, there were literally 4 four nuclear submarines standing guard in the waters beneath, as well as a B-2 stealth bomber flying overhead.
What I really liked the most though wasn't even the photos, but rather the motto for the carriers of:
"Over 90,000 tons of diplomacy...wherever... whenever..."
Diplomacy can be listening, negotiating, and compromise, but it can also be through the projection of the ultimate national and human strength.
With a staggering rise in global terrorism, militaristic adventurism, and the proliferation of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, perhaps it's time to harden up on some of the soft power, and demonstrate as well the very credible hard power and resolve we have for protecting American lives, freedom, and human rights. ;-)
(Source Photo: here)