I can’t help but think of MASH every time I read or hear “Penobscot”.
What little I have read about warfare in that era has left me a bit surprised at how often the advantage was lost due to higher/general officers just arguing or doing nothing (or, like, going to the opera and stuff for enjoyment rather than war stuff) for extended periods of time. Seems pretty preposterous now but I am sure back then the relationships between officers and nobles, etc, were much more complicated than just “this guy is higher on the food chain”.
…though I am not surprised at all about financial or political gain being linked to action.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."