Newshoggers whines Yet again, the AP subtly pushes the Cheney/McCain narrative, this time on foreign policy:
The flagship of the U.S. Navy's Mediterranean fleet anchored outside a key Georgian port Friday, defiantly bringing in tons of humanitarian aid to a city still partly occupied by hundreds of Russian troops.Defiant? The vessel in question is the USS Mount Whitney. Her heaviest weapon is a 25mm popgun
I am not sure I would call a Two 25 mm Bushmaster cannons a popgun, and she also has Two Phalanx CIWS and Four .50 cal. Machine guns, but but I guess if you hate the military like the rabid left does, denegrating their armament is a part of life.and over half her crew are civilians. She's a command and control ship, meaning without her armed escorts she is the most unassuming, reduced-threat, undefiant vessel the Navy could have chosen.
And the appropriate selection for the mission she was assigned, which was to bring in tons of humanitarian aid to a city still partly occupied by hundreds of Russian troops, not to defeat the Russian troops.She's exactly the right choice to ratchet down tension, which speaks volumes about the reality behind neocon rhetoric. Her crew - military and civilian both - are to be commended on the admireable job they're doing bringing humanitarian relief to a warzone. Aid to any warzone's civilian victims is a good thing.
I agree, and I am sorry if AP's choice of words frightened you, but I am pretty sure the Russians did not ask for the ship to come in, even though I bet the Georgians appreciated the aid.