Agreed! It's a cryin' shame. Battleships, in my humble civilian's opinion (and contrary to United States Navy doctrines) still have their place in the fleet, both as heavy fire support and as, well, symbols. Sure, they might not be needed all the time, but battleships have longstanding reputations, incredible firepower, and an unbeatable presence.
They are still all kept battle ready as Congress was worried that the navy needed fire support which they were having trouble to find a replacement to (unless my info became outdated). So if their is a war that warrants the need they will bring back these mighty behemoths from retirement to battle.
Unfortunately the trained and skilled manpower to bring them to life just isn't there. The people who manned them in the 80s are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s; those who manned them in previous wars are in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and increasingly coming up with a terminal case of dead.
This wouldn't be a problem but for the fact that the Iowas' machinery is like nothing else in the fleet; their equipment technological relics from eighty years ago, and the powder bags for their guns are probably outright dangerous at this point (they were in the 1980s, which is part of why Iowa's center gun exploded in turret #2 in 1990).
If we were still building battleships in 2014 (or even 20 or 10 years ago), we might be able to have battleships now; as is, the best use of these ships is to remind us all of what our sailors suffered for seventy years ago in the waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic.