Quote: "Then why in the $*#@ are we still building these turkeys?"
The short answer is simply, "Because they are under contract."
Cancelling them brings about penalties, and closes ship yards, which Congress REALLY doesn't want! The ships still under construction are the remainder of two block-buys of Congress a good number of years back. Congress voted to buy them in bulk back then, yet some members now blame the Navy today. Politics involves lots of hypocracy (among other unsavory things.)
I could take that article apart point by point, but it isn't worth my time. As the new budget cycle ends--in about a year--we will have a decision one way or another, and either be keeping the ships, or not. Everything else is just folks venting their feelings, whether informed or not. And I am actually in favor of the current Navy plan to dispose of these 9.
The previous budget cycle which just ended on March 15th saw Congress force the Navy to keep 5 of them which they had proposed to get rid of. With this new budget cycle, the Navy has simply put the 5 back up for disposal, and added 4 more due to the ASW module being cancelled. It is part of a political game the Navy has been playing for several budget cycles now. The Navy is under a severe budget squeeze due to the fact the Columbia class SSBNs take up about 40 percent of their anual budget. So, every budget, they propose ships to be cut. And every budget, Congress makes them keep most or all of them. If the game keeps true to form, in a year, all these LCS will still be around, and Congress will have forced them to be kept. (Then will criticize the Navy for having them.)
Along with these 9 LCS, the Navy wants to cut 15 other ships...24 total...this budget cycle. Go look at what else is on the chopping block, and tell me those are also "admissions of failure" by the Navy.
Politics is spin. See it all go 'round and 'round. Try not to get too dizzy.