Ridiculous Standard

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, a federal judge in the 9th Circuit has blocked Trump's executive order to defund pro-immigrant Sanctuary Cities. So much winning!

Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump's clothing line is reportedly being sold as a different brand of clothing. You know, to get rid of them.

Finally, the Navy Times has an in-depth report on what exactly happened to the USS Carl Vinson. To make a long story short, a misguided press release, a desperate attempt by Trump's staff to deliver some kind of plan to Trump, and Trump's "armada" talk led to the mix-up.

The Navy Times also places a significant amount of blame on the worldwide press, but I don't think that's necessarily fair, all things considered. Virtually all of Trump's cabinet got it wrong according to this account.

On April 10, President Trump threw gasoline on a growing fire by implying in an interview with Fox Business News that the administration had directed the carrier to proceed to Korea.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful," he said. "We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than an aircraft carrier, that I can tell you."
The confirmation of the misleading narrative from the commander in chief — as well as the allusion to nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines — sent the crisis into overdrive.

Governments in Seoul, Pyongyang, Tokyo and Beijing began reacting to what looked like an emergency with the speedy U.S. carrier beelining to the Sea of Japan. The situation became even more muddied when Mattis tried to tamp down the frenzy during a press conference, telling the reporters — inaccurately — that the announcement of the carrier move was not from a specific demand signal but was instead announcing the canceling of the exercise with the Australians, which the Vinson was at that moment participating in.

Here's a thing:

  • Badgerite

    I would say “sometimes I wonder what side the guy is really on” except that it isn’t sometimes. It is all the time. Who uses a phrase like “armada” ( see defeat of Spanish empire by defeat of Spanish navy called the armada by England ) to describe the United States military?

    • ninjaf

      That word has stuck in my craw every time I have heard the quote. That, and when he used “my army” when discussing the dropping of the MOAB. No, motherfucker, that is NOT your army. It is a branch of the United States military, the ranks of which are filled with men and women citizens of this country. You do not get to abuse their patriotism for your petulant whims and get away with it.

  • gescove

    “There’s a lot of words. I won’t bother reading everything.” This seems to me to be more evidence that Trump actually can’t read.

    • ninjaf

      I think he is dyslexic and too ashamed to admit it.

  • ninjaf

    Shorter Navy Times: “It was the press’ fault for believing this lying administration.”

  • Aynwrong

    It’s not fault of the press. That’s simply ridiculous. All the press did was quote these people.

    This was always going to be unavoidable. No amount of competent military personnel appointed to cabinet positions is going to compensate for the fact that the President of the United States is a gibbering, scatter brained idiot who is incapable of discipline and likes/lives to go on TV and shoot off his mouth. This kind of chaos is going to continue to trickle down from the top and will be impossible to cover up or explain away.