Monday, March 9, 2009

US claims 5 Chinese boats "harrass" Navy Ship

Does this storyline sound familiar??
It should because it is quite similar to this one.

Iranian boats 'harass' U.S. Navy, officials say
Five Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats "harassed and provoked" three U.S. Navy ships early Sunday in international waters, the U.S. military said Monday, calling the encounter a "significant" confrontation.

The Iranian incident turned out to be much ado about nothing. It was Pentagon propaganda, complete with dubbed audio!

Can't help but notice the similar language used, "harass provoke , dangerous maneuvers", and 5 ships from Iran, 5 ships from China

So, Is this really???
1. Much needed distraction for the American people?
2. An opportunity for Obama to speak on something else, anything else, besides economic woes?
3. An opportunity to display Obama's ability to talk tough and be inspirational, by which I do mean to manipulate the American people through fear.

Close call off South China Sea

'In a dangerous high-seas game of chicken, five Chinese boats harassed and came perilously close to colliding with a U.S. Naval surveillance ship off the coast of Hainan Island Sunday, after the Chinese military ordered the ship to leave the area or "suffer the consequences." The Navy dispatched a destroyer, the USS Chung-Hoon, to the vicinity as a precaution.

" after several days of "increasingly aggressive" acts by Chinese ships in the region"

The Chinese Flotilla (?) "included a Chinese Navy intelligence collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries Patrol Vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers, officials said."

A fisheries patrol boat and two flagged trawlers?

Apparently some of the people on the boats were waving Chinese Flags at the US Surveillance (spy) ship. The surveillance ship, the US claims was in International waters, but the waving of the Chinese flags makes me wonder..... was the US ship spying in Chinese waters?

The US claims "operating legally in international waters," and that they were "towing an underwater sonar bouy, trolling for Chinese submarines"

The US claims the crew aboard one of the Chinese ships (was it the fishing trawler?) also used a grappling hook to try to snag the tow line that was dragging the sonar bouy through the water.

The US ship crew "then turn firehoses on one of the Chinese ships, at which point the Chinese crewmembers on deck stripped down to their underwear"

The USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) is an ocean surveillance ship in the service of the US navy.


  1. It's just not fair I tell yuh, it's just not fair at all. Those nasty Chinese picking on an little ole American spy ship. They should be ashamed of themselves, an then they should be horsewhuped with chow mein noodles.

  2. Ach, this is all much ado about nothing.

    It reminded me so much of the Iranian "incident"

    In that situation there had also been "previous" meetings of the Iranians and the Americans.

    Both took place in 'disputed' waters
    which means the US disputes whose waters they are.

    Of course the biggest question never asked is why were the US boats in China's waters on the other side of the planet, spying, as if it is their god-given right?

    This feels more like a cooked up opportunity for Obama, to be all Presidential, for his audience and also a distraction from the economic woes