Was the White House's Vinson story strategy or deception?


Vinson story line was a strategic misdirection

Regarding “Carrier Group didn’t rush to North Korea as claimed” (April 19): Seems like yesterday that the USS Chicago was turned around while heading to Australia and rerouted to Korean waters because of the capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korea in January 1968.

During the Vietnam War, it was a standing joke that the bar girls in ports such as Subic Bay knew your ship’s arrival date before the crew was informed. I bring this up because it seems the media have created another fake story centered around the reported destination of the USS Carl Vinson.

Perhaps the information was ambiguous in order to confuse North Korea. President Trump has long emphasized that telegraphing our strategy is not how he operates. Not so confusing when you think about it.

Paul Determan

Point Loma


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Trump’s lies meant for allies, constituents

Regarding the Carl Vinson carrier group issue (“Carrier Group didn’t rush to North Korea as claimed,” April 19), just who was the Trump administration trying to deceive?

Surely it wasn’t the Russians or the Chinese, whose satellites and other collection platforms monitor closely all U.S. military assets 24/7, and who thereby knew the truth.

And it probably wasn’t the North Koreans, who likely were tipped off by their friends in Moscow and Beijing.

And it definitely was not the Australian naval vessels exercising with the Vinson. They knew the truth, too.

Apparently, the only key parties to this crisis deliberately kept in the dark were America’s own regional allies, Japan and South Korea and, sad to say, the American people themselves.

Why?

Sheldon Rabin

Chula Vista


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