By eProf2, a Trail Mix Contributor
July 17th is “wrong way Corrigan” day in Texas. Douglas Corrigan crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Ireland although his flight plan had him scheduled to land in California. Roy “Wrong Way” Reigals picked up the loose football in the 1929 Rose Bowl and ran for all he was worth into the wrong end zone for a touchdown for the other team. Defensive end, Jim “Wrong Way” Marshall, of the Minnesota Vikings did the same thing in a professional football game in 1964.
Throughout their lives, these three men (and many more) were forever known as “wrong way.” Move over gentlemen, the USS Carl Vinson will be forever known as the “wrong way” aircraft carrier.
By now, just about everyone in the world has heard of Donald Trump’s message to North Korea about sending an “armada” to the Japanese Sea to threaten the Kim Jung Un regime should they continue developing nuclear weapons. The world held its breath as the president of the United States said he was sending an aircraft carrier with nuclear weapons, as well as nuclear armed submarines, to use if necessary in retaliation for a North Korean attack anywhere in the north Asian region.
Top Trump administration officials, including the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the National Security Council, and the White House spokesman, lent their voices to what sounded like an eminent military event; namely, the stationing of mobile nuclear weapons in the Sea of Japan. The armada would be there in two or three days to off-set the optics of military weapons of Kim Jung Un on parade that same weekend.
The problem, of course, was that the US Navy either didn’t get the word or Trump and his minions forgot to tell the carrier group to change course and go north immediately from their Singapore area position. Instead, the “armada” sailed the wrong way south toward Australia, for a joint sea operation with the Australian Navy.
South Koreans, Japanese, even the Chinese, were left bewildered and feeling that a key component of their security was not only missing but heading the wrong way.
The US Navy wasn’t very happy about this either. The whole affair left them looking like they, too, were just another part of the “keystone cops” in the White House. As of today, the carrier group, led by “wrong way” Carl Vinson, is still not stationed off the coast of North Korea. Ironically, it might arrive on station around the 100th day of the Trump administration.
The “wrong way” affair will have lasting implications for more than just sending an aircraft carrier in the wrong direction. Who will believe top officials when they say anything about any policy without asking themselves what is the truth? Only true believers and the gullible.
If there is a lasting image of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, it will be a photo of the USS Carl Vinson heading in the wrong direction.
The whole “wrong way” affair is an apt metaphor for the Trump administration thus far in the governance of the United States. Flip flops on promises, reversing long standing policies, the failure of the health care repeal and replace, the Muslim ban on travel to the U.S., will surely be remembered in the first 100 days of this administration.
But, will the “wrong way” USS Carl Vinson be soon forgotten? Not in the long pages of the history books. After all, they still celebrate “wrong way Corrigan” day in Texas more than 78 years later!
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