Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News

There is an old WW II joke about a German U Boat Captain who after a long under water journey to avoid the Americans announces to his now terrified crew:

"I have good news and bad news. The good news, we shall surface in ten minutes." A cheer erupts. "Now the bad news. It is either Buenos Aires or New York." The crew was silent.

Now for the latest version of that with our US Navy. Frankly my father would be ashamed of such an event. I report it from a Canadian newspaper, The National Post notes:

A spokesman for the Pacific Command linked the deployment directly to the “number one threat in the region,” North Korea, and its “reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.” Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on April 11 that the Carl Vinson was “on her way up there.” Asked about the deployment in an interview with Fox Business Network that aired April 12, President Trump said: “We are sending an armada, very powerful.” The U.S. media went into overdrive and Fox reported on April 14 that the armada was “steaming” toward North Korea. But pictures posted by the U.S. Navy suggest that’s not quite the case – or at least not yet. A photograph released by the Navy showed the aircraft carrier sailing through the calm waters of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday, April 15.

Yes, our very own Navy is sailing not where the bosses said it was but in the opposite direction. And we get this from the Canadians. At least they know who is where.

What Admiral is being demoted to Seaman Third Class for this one?

Now as for the Carrier Group Commander, I suspect a Rear Admiral, perhaps some Seaman Third Class could have seen on the Internet, you know Admiral, that thing they look at all time time when not responding to your commands, and have seen they were on their way to Korea, and that the Palm trees on the islands they were passing were not native to North Korea. There is no radio silence. Or perhaps a Skype call home could have gotten so Petty Officer Second Class to see he was not where he was supposed to be. One more billet for a Rear Admiral! Shame on you folks!