August 21st, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
by Joaquin Flores for FRN –
In the daily chronicle of the imploding US empire, this particular story of the day is sure to send shockwaves.
Several hours ago, various international news agencies, have reported the following. The Independent writes, in part:
<<The US Navy has ordered a “worldwide operational pause” after a warship crashed into a merchant vessel in Singapore.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson called for the one-day pause for a safety review to be carried out over the next few weeks within the separate commands.
The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of the Asian island in the early morning of 21 August resulting in five injuries and 10 missing sailors.
It comes just a few months after the USS Fitzgerald’s collision with a container ship on 17 June 2017. Seven sailors were killed in that crash, some as young as 19 years of age.
It is the fourth accident to happen involving the US Navy in the Pacific theatre, which prompted Mr Richardson to say in a statement that the Navy needs to “ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world.>>
Certainly this will lead to all sorts of speculation. Quite a bit of this speculation will probably pan out. Quite a bit of it won’t. These collisions may indeed be more than just a coincidence.
There was the October 27th, 2015 incident, Voltaire reported then:
“A Tupolev 142 made numerous approaches to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which was working on manœuvres with the 7th fleet and the South Korean Navy to the East of the peninsula.
Since April 2014, the Russian Air Force has engaged in a number of actions aimed at testing their system for scrambling NATO communications and commands.
This time, the US Navy sent up several of its planes before the Russian Tupolev scrambled the US communications and commands, so that they were finally able to chase the intruder away. However, the Tupolev got as close as 500 feet from the aircraft carrier without either the carrier or the 7th fleet being able to react, which proved that Russia is now able to destroy a NATO flagship.”
The June 17th incident was also quite fantastic. But there was also the incident on or about May 31st 2015. In that case as reported by state news agency RIA, Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship in the Black Sea that was acting, in RIA’s words, “aggressively”.
And prior to this was the April 2014 incident involving the USS Donald Cook. In this case, it appears the Russians were successful in scrambling the electronics. The US has previously officially acknowledged that the Russian Federation is quite ahead of the US in terms of EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) weapons. The Russian weapon is apparently called ‘Khibiny’.
“The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a RussianSukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.”
There have been several other similar incidents as well.
Russia may or may not be involved in this incident. The US has several problems with competency in the military, and it also has numerous geo-political opponents that are quite capable. The Iranians, for example, possess the Magrav which effectively operates similarly to the Khibiny. But we may even hear this recent incident used in some corridors in Washington, whether stated publicly or not, to make center-piece a decisive and immediate action on Russia.
The US is more than aware of the problem it has on its hands, even from wargames. The Nimitz class carrier (Big Stick) Theodore Roosevelt was electronically disabled by a Magrav-like event and limped into Portsmouth unannounced: a French sub went entirely undetected, and disabled the American fleet in war games.
There’s a larger picture here, outside of the intrigues of specific military tech. And this really had us thinking – what would news of things be that were obvious symptoms, even belated symptoms, of the Empire’s collapse?
How would they couch the end to US military operations around the world?
What really got us thinking this is – think about it – why would they halt all global operations, for an accident?
That makes no sense on the face of it – though I’m sure there’s some technical reasons they will publicly state. But halting all operations globally will certainly cause independent analysts to infer that, given the cost vs. benefits of freezing operations, let alone the public perception- with this in mind, operations were still put on pause which seems to mean there is an unpredictable and uncontrollable threat to the US Navy worldwide. Or, they want the public to believe so.
That seems like an awful huge step that sends an awful huge message. It raises questions to us, like, what did they actually hit? How many really died?
Why wouldn’t they just halt operations on that region, or even just halt operations on that ‘lane’. Why globally?
In general, what’s being proven here, and what also explains the US strategy for world domination following WWII, was to use its Navy to dominate countries without adequate defenses. But with adequate defenses, and some creativity, they are today relegated to the status of giant sitting ducks. In war games, Iran effectively demonstrated its ability to use very small craft to overwhelm and take out a US-type battleship.
See, this reeks of asymmetrical warfare. And yet, instead of going on ‘full alert’, and doubling down on Naval deployments – rather than increasing them or making at least a bold-if-empty statement about ‘resolve’ or ‘professionalism’, we have this very sad-sack ‘halt’ on global operations.
This may be what an asymmetrical ‘retreat’ sounds like. As you know, the US, in the image it normally likes to sell the public, never loses. Even when the First Marine Division during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War was spanked by the Chinese, Maj. Gen. Oliver Prince Smith is claimed to have said: “Retreat, Hell! We’re simply attacking in another direction”.
Did the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John M. Richardson put the entire US navy out of operation(s), or did … the rest of the world?