Was Trump planning a sneak attack on Australia when he claimed “armada” sailing to North Korea?

Maybe someone hasn’t been paying their golf course fees, and Trump was sending the Navy to collect.

Should Australians be concerned? No. It was just a planned exercise.

Did Trump know where his ships were headed? Maybe. Maybe not. Or maybe he expected them to turn around and head toward North Korea.

Perhaps the truth is just another lie not yet found out.

Telling the world by tweet that the “armada” is headed toward North Korea, goes against his plan to not “telegraph” his military plans via news media to our enemies. Was it a bluff? Trump knows how to bluff. Now that the false information has been revealed, has it damaged his credibility? Talk about fantasy news and mainstream news media creating fake news stories.

Recent news sources on this issue…

As Trump warned North Korea, his ‘armada’ was headed toward Australia

Reuters:
WASHINGTON. When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction.

 

…They’re getting caught up with reality now.

What Trump did – was it incompetence or deception? Will Trump continue to bluff or deceive everyone via Twitter and mainstream news media – in turn our enemies?

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell.

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Mark Twain.

Reminds me of a bit of interesting history that perhaps partly relates to such deceptions.

Excerpts from Wikipedia…

  • Operation Mincemeat was a successful British disinformation strategy used during the Second World War. As a deception intended to cover the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily, two members of British intelligence obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a tramp who died from eating rat poison, dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed personal items on him identifying him as Captain (Acting Major) William Martin. Correspondence between two British generals which suggested that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, with Sicily as merely the target of a feint, was also placed on the body.
  • Part of the wider Operation Barclay, Mincemeat was based on the 1939 Trout memo, written by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division, and his personal assistant, Lieutenant Commander Ian Fleming [who created the James Bond 007 character and novels]. With the approval of the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the overall military commander in the Mediterranean, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the plan began with transporting the body to the southern coast of Spain by submarine, and releasing it close to shore. It was picked up the following morning by a Spanish fisherman. The nominally neutral Spanish government shared copies of the documents with the Abwehr, the German military intelligence organisation, before returning the originals to the British. Forensic examination showed they had been read, and decrypts of German messages showed the Germans fell for the ruse. Reinforcements were shifted to Greece and Sardinia both before and during the invasion of Sicily; Sicily received none.
  • The true impact of Operation Mincemeat is unknown, although the island was liberated more quickly than anticipated and losses were lower than predicted. The events were depicted in Operation Heartbreak, a 1950 novel by the former cabinet minister Duff Cooper, before one of the agents who planned and carried out Mincemeat, Ewen Montagu, wrote a history in 1953. Montagu’s work formed the basis for a 1956 film.
  • The Man Who Never Was is a 1956 Second World War film, based on the book of the same name by Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu and dramatising actual events. The film was directed by Ronald Neame and starred Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame and Robert Flemyng. It is about Operation Mincemeat, a 1943 British Intelligence plan to deceive the Axis powers into thinking Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily, would take place elsewhere.
  • A 1956 episode of The Goon Show, entitled “The Man who Never Was”, was set during the Second World War, and referred to a microfilm washed up on a beach inside a German boot. The play Operation Mincemeat, written by Adrian Jackson and Farhana Sheikh, was first staged by the Cardboard Citizens theatre company in 2001. The work focused on Michael’s homelessness. In his book The Double Agents, the writer W. E. B. Griffin depicts Operation Mincemeat as an American operation run by the Office of Strategic Services. Fictional characters are blended with Ian Fleming and the actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov.

Maybe Donald Trump is The Politician Who Never Was – an illusion created by Republicans. Or a variation of The Manchurian Candidate – under control of Russia if not China.

Where are our ships now? Perhaps time traveling…

Editorial Article by Jim Lantern

LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL

Wednesday morning – 19 April 2017

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