Friday, July 9, 2010

Just something to remember when the US tries to tell you...GO TO WAR, ALREADY

American Scofflaw

I think "Remember the Maine" just got a whole new meaning!

For those who are unfamilier with the story, the USS Maine was a US Battleship sent to Havana Harbor to calm down the situation as Cuba tried to free itself from Spanish rule. On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded without warning and sank, killing 252 of her crew. At the time, Captain Sigsbee reported that he did not feel his ship had been attacked, but the warhawks in Congress, aided by newspaper mogul William Hearst, fanned the story of a sneak attack by a Spanish naval mine, excoriated Captain Sigsbee for "not seeing the obvious", and urged the nation into the Spanish-American war.

Years later, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the US nuclear Navy, led an expedition to examine the wreck and confirmed Sigsbee's initial report that a coal dust explosion had touched off the ship's powder magazines.

Just something to remember when the US tried to tell you that a North Korean submarine snuck deep into South Korean waters right into the middle of a US and South Korean naval exercise involving at least three top US anti-submarine platforms, torpedoed the Cheonan, then snuck back out again without being detected, all for no particula reason other than to piss the US and South Korea off and draw an attack down on their own heads!

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