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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Where Do These Warships Go?

Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham launched from Bath, Maine in 2009 is currently on its provocative mission into the Black Sea


The US Navy guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham entered the Black Sea on Friday in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the US 6th Fleet has announced.

Some 750 US Army tanks and thousands of its troops were deployed to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for Atlantic Resolve activities, in a move described as a means "to deter Russian aggression."




Don't you just love how the US-NATO cover their own provocative military operations on Russia's doorstep by accusing Moscow of aggression?  How many times does it need to be said that Washington would go ballistic if Russia or China were sending their warships into the Gulf of Mexico, or along our Atlantic or Pacific coasts?  Do you get a pit in your stomach when you recognize the utter hypocrisy of this game of chess the US is playing?

Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the growing number of NATO military drills in eastern Europe. The build-up of NATO forces in Eastern Europe “is an unprecedentedly dangerous step” that violates Russia’s agreements with the NATO alliance, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

It should be remembered that following the collapse of the former Soviet Union US Secretary of State James Baker promised Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, that NATO would not expand "one inch" to the east toward Russia.  Today US-NATO have established military bases and operations right on Russia's border.  The Native Americans always warned that "the Great White Father in Washington speaks with a forked tongue".

The USS Jason Dunham is outfitted with the Aegis phased array radar "missile defense" interceptor system. The job of this ship is to knock out Russian nuclear missiles fired in response after the US launches a first-strike attack.  So you could easily say that this warship is a double-provocation.

But sadly the American people will know little to nothing about this event and if they do hear about it they wouldn't likely pause even for a second because this kind of thing happens everyday all over the world.  After all the US Navy is just showing the flag promoting freedom and democracy.  What's wrong with that - we are the good guys aren't we?


4 Comments:

Blogger Florindo Troncelliti said...

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4/6/15, 11:33 AM  
Blogger Florindo Troncelliti said...

Is there any kind of a watchdog news bureau that just reports on military and anti-military affairs, without Pentagon or government sanction?

If we could track as many of these deployments as possible in real time, and make the information public via the internet, we might be able to help build a more objective attention and concern among the American people.

Space Alert has a lot of the kind of information I'm talking about, but I guess the US military is so vast that it would take a large network of analysts and reporters to cover the whole thing.

4/6/15, 11:34 AM  
Anonymous James M said...

Your racism is showing.

The Presidents called "Great White Father" during the many bad faith negotiations with American Indians were, from James K. Polk onward, all born within the borders of the United States of America (unlike Ted Cruz) and so were without exception just as "Native" to America" as the American Indians to whom you refer.

The reservation of the term "Native Americans" for just one racially defined group has the intent and effect of excluding and Otherizing not just whites, but all other American natives, including African-Americans, just because of race.

I understand that you may not like to say "American Indian" because it is a misnomer originating in white privilege, but even that is far better than to use language that is deliberately racially exclusionary. Please rethink your use of words of exclusion in the future.

4/6/15, 5:17 PM  
Blogger silver palomino said...

Dearest James M -

Though you weren't addressing me, I felt the need to reply to your comment on racism.

All decedents of peoples who lived here before the Europeans decided that it was "new", in my opinion, qualify as members of the group "First Nations".

That being said, I prefer to let writers define people, places, things, etc. themselves without taking offense or finding fault with the writing, as in this case and many others, the terms used are ones that are easily understandable to anyone reading the post.

Race didn't even occur to me when I read this post. I simply read a highly familiar description that fit quite nicely into the story.

4/9/15, 7:10 PM  

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