Last week, we mentioned that the USS Carl Vinson and it’s attendant strike group were steaming towards the Korean peninsula to add meat to a warning to the North Koreans. The Leftist media wrung it’s hands at the prospect of the president leading us into World War III with the provocative deployment. Well, the New York Times now notices that the carrier group is nowhere near Korea;
The story of the wayward carrier might never have come to light had the Navy not posted a photo online Monday of the Carl Vinson sailing south through the Sunda Strait, which separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. It was taken on Saturday, four days after the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, described its mission in the Sea of Japan.
Now, the Carl Vinson is finally on a course for the Korean Peninsula, expected to arrive in the region next week, according to Defense Department officials. White House officials declined to comment on the confusion, referring questions to the Pentagon. “Sean discussed it once when asked, and it was all about process,” a spokesman, Michael Short, said of Mr. Spicer.
So they’ll be a few days late.
The Vice president assures us that the announcement of the strike group headed for Korea wasn’t intentional, according to Politico;
Asked during an interview with CNN if the misstatements from White House and Pentagon officials had been intentional, Pence replied “oh, I think not” and noted the already strong U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Japan and South Korea. He did not offer an explanation as to why government officials had said the Carl Vinson was steaming for the Sea of Japan when it was not.