Today, we bore witness to an act of symbolism so incredible Stephen Spielberg would’ve left it on the cutting room floor.
One of the more aggressive tactics from the Trump administration was to send a Naval strike force to the Korean Peninsula during last weeks heated exchange of rhetoric between North Korea and the United States. It was a move that put us in the wrong direction…in more than one way.
The New York Times is reporting that the Carl Vinson wasn’t actually sailing toward North Korea. Rather, it took a wrong turn leaving Singapore and wound up in Indonesia, thousands of miles off course.
What’s even more astounding is that everyone, from the Pentagon to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster didn’t correct the error when it occurred. This reckless escalation of tension brought us to the brink of a horrific war. It is totally inexcusable and unacceptable to lose track of high-level military assets and not fix the rhetorical mistake.
Was this an intentional mistake? I have no idea and I’m not sure if we’ll ever find out. But if it was an act of civil disobedience, my hat goes off to whomever was responsible. It would take amazing courage to purposely undergo such an action that would (very likely) get you court-martialed (if caught, which is also very likely). It has lower stakes similarities to the disregarding of a mechanical malfunction of Soviet nuclear radar detectors by Stanislav Petrov in 1983. Please read more into this story of a man who prevented a nuclear war when you can.
Millions of lives ride on the decisions our military personnel make every single day. This decision could’ve saved millions.