In Desert Storm (the 1st Gulf War) the 16" battleship guns decimated and demoralized the Iraqi troops along Kuwait's coast. From what I was told back then the shells were every bit as precise as a tomahawk and struck every bit as much terror into the Iraqi's as they rained down as the carpet bombing did further inland.
I agree with the author of the above article WE NEED THE HEAVIES back in action. Just like the C-130 Spectre gunships, there is a role that they can fulfill and do it very well, think about them:
Supporting our ally Israel from Hamas in Lebanon, bound to flare up again sooner or later.
Patrolling the shores of Iran in a conflict I don't think we will be able to avoid.
Would the close fire support a battleship could provide have been able to save American lives in The "Blackhawk Down" tragedy . . . I think so.
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. Claire Wolfe