National Defense

Report: Trump’s “Armada” Never Actually Went to Korea

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime including Trump himself and several members of his cabinet made a big deal out of dispatching the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to the Korean peninsula as a show of force but, according to the Washington Post, the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) never even headed that direction.

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. By later in the day, it was in the Indian Ocean, according to Navy photographs.

In other words, on the same day that the world nervously watched North Korea stage a massive military parade to celebrate the birthday of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and the press speculated about a preemptive U.S. strike, the U.S. Navy put the Carl Vinson, together with its escort of two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, more than 3,000 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula — and more than 500 miles southeast of Singapore.

USS Carl Vinson wasn't sent to Korean waters, it sailed south to participate in military exercises with Australian forces in a completely different ocean; the Indian Ocean.

I don't think anyone here in America was particularly impressed by Trump's (fake) show of force aside from the usual cretins on cable news with perpetual war-boners, but as amusing as this may be I can imagine potential unintended consequences of Trump's empty threats.

If Trump is incapable of issuing a credible threat of force, it makes the actual use of force more likely. And by claiming he was sending an "armada" to Korea which actually sailed in the opposite direction, Trump's future threats may not be seen as credible.

If you're the North Koreans, wouldn't this make you less inclined to believe anything Trump says he might do to you?

  • So if we’re just going to lie about where our military is and what they’re going to do, why do we need it? Can’t we just conduct all our foreign militarism using phantom planes and ships? Think of all the money we could save. (Oh, who am I kidding? Think of all the money we could funnel back to the 1%.)

  • swift_4

    “This Trump guy pretends like he knows what he’s doing. I like him!”

    -Kim John something or other. I don’t remember what his name is.

  • Draxiar

    President Obama was measured, precise, and calculating with almost everything he said. So when he did say something it was taken as gospel. There wasn’t any question to his veracity. With trump, he’s saying whatever he has to ‘get you in this car today’.

  • Aynwrong

    “We don’t need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen.”

    ~ Grover Norquist

    Mission accomplished.

  • muselet

    Well, Donald Trump said all along he was going to run government like a business. Of course, that means he’s overpromising and underdelivering, just as he always has.

    Hey, it’s only the stability of East Asia at stake, not anything important, right?

    –alopecia