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CONFIRMED: Divers find dead sailors in USS John McCain shipwreck

Ten missing sailors are now thought to have perished

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Divers have been investigating the damaged USS John McCain which sustained heavy damage when it crashed into an oil tanker near Singapore.

Ten sailors are officially ‘missing’ from the incident and are now feared to be dead. Rescue divers have confirmed they have found dead bodies in the part of the ship near the impact zone as well as in the waters nearby.

According to US Admiral Scott Swift,

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during the search today. Additionally, the Malaysian navy has reported that they have located potential remains”.

The deaths are thought to be either a result of the collision itself or drowning when part of the vessel flooded due to the large hole in the side of the ship.

This is the third US ship to be involved in a major collision in Asian waters in  three months. On 17 June the USS Fitzgerald destroyer collided with a container ship from Philippines off the coast of Japan, an incident which killed seven men, while in May of this year the USS Lake Champlain crashed into a South Korean fishing boat.

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Hope they don’t have a go at the tanker captain.

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Now, I have a vivid imagination. The scenario I envisage is based on the analysis of this collision which I have read, but didn’t save the link to. The analysis was that as the damage to the warship was at the stern from the waterline up, and as the damage to the tanker is reported to be twenty feet above the waterline, then it seems that the warship steamed across the tanker’s bow. In my imagination I hear the tanker’s pilot blowing his horn long and loud whilst the destroyer steamed serenely on…

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10 Missing, 5 Injured After USS John S. McCain Collides With Oil Tanker Near Straits Of Malacca
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-20/uss-john-mccain-collides-merchant-ship-near-straits-malacca

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Top Navy admiral orders fleetwide probe after BIW-built destroyer’s collision at sea… https://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/21/news/nation/biw-built-uss-john-mccain-arrives-in-singapore-after-collision-10-sailors-missing/?ref=moreInstate

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That hole can only have been caused by the underwater bow protrusion that virtually every ship is fitted with, to enable it to slice through the water more efficiently. Must have been terrifying to have been sleeping down below on the US ship, when that thing came through the wall. And the doors to the compartment would have been immediately slammed shut by those outside, to prevent the boat from sinking; never mind the screams of pain coming from the wounded. Very traumatic for those who were obliged to do their duty in that regard. Manslaughter charges need to be… Read more »

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Whatever anybody may think, the sailors signed up to serve there nation, not realising that their leaders would be using them as oil/gas and bankers security agents. RIP. Does anybody find it strange, what the Aegis destroyer was doing in the area? Doesn’t China run it’s Myanmar-China fuel pipeline from the area? Who wants that shut down? Then you have Trump, wanting to keep his Forces in Afghanistan. Now is that for the poppy harvest and the benefits that come from the market? Bearing in mind that the only success that NATO has had in Afghanistan is the poppy harvest?… Read more »

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That’s a very credible analysis, AM, and since we read stories of heroin being shipped back to the US in the body bags of dead soldiers, then they are, as it were, going to need a lot more dead soldiers….

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I was just rambling away, but, asking a lot of questions, as I have no idea what is what. With regards shipping heroin back, sadly you can believe it. Why do we elect our leaders and if we knew exactly what they were capable of, just to line their pockets, or keep their dirty habits secret, would we still vote for them?

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The bodies of dead soldiers have been used to ship illegal drugs since at LEAST the Vietnam years.

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You are wrong …they died because they are in some one elses territory illegally…….Bloody war criminals …America Terrorist No.1

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Were they in International Water? At the end of the day, who gave orders to the young kids on board the ship? So why are they not held to account, meaning the leaders? At the end of the day families are grieving for their loved ones and as stated, I am not in the mood to pick on some young kids, that signed up to serve their nation. When the leaders that we elect use them as cannon fodder and are never held to account.

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AM. But why should we offer sympathy to the US sailors? After two decades of clearly illegitimate warmongering, illegal invasions and mass murder of millions of innocents – then anyone who has chosen to ‘serve’ in that particular organisation is nothing more than a hired killer. The US Military is not about protecting the USA.

They are not much better or more worthy of our respect than Al-Nusra/ISIS mercenaries. Those young men are economically disadvantaged, poorly educated and propagandised too. But most people are glad to see THEM die.

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I am happy to rejoice at ISIS being taken out, because they are not open about who they are. Those that sign up to serve their nations, and prepared to give their lives to their nations, I respect. However, I do not respect those that treat them as Cannon Fodder. The same as those that end up as mercenaries. I have no respect for them, as they are doing it for personal gain, whatever nation. Ukraine, I happily enjoy and celebrate when the Nazis are taken out, but, I feel compassion when it is the conscripts, especially if they are… Read more »

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They were in an International Seaway, but that close to land, they were probably in Malaysia’s territorial waters.

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Just say that maybe North Korea or another State could hack the Bridge of any Merchant Vessel navigation system & ram any Naval Vessel & US was being taught a public lesson ? This lesson has 3 effects: 1. US Naval Power is a Joke & the Emperor has No Clothes ! This is a repeat from the 60 missile attack on an undefended air-base in Syria ………(59)……… 2. In any conflict ALL Merchant Vessels are strategic tools (impossible to make their Nav Systems unhackable in the next 20 years) 3. With the US Dollar backed in truth ONLY by… Read more »

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Yessss.. But why should ‘hacking the bridge’ or disrupting the electronics have stopped them from looking where they’re going? This was a US Navy ship.. No expenses spared. And they were sailing through very, very busy sea lanes. And (never start a sentence with ‘and’ I was taught) – a naval destroyer is a lot faster than the oil tankers, container ships and fishing vessels which ply these waters for a living. Would it not be sensible to post four lookouts – people with eyes and voices – prow, stern and amidships both sides, each lookout post to be equipped… Read more »

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But as any Sailor will tell you – A ship is not a car & they all turn & slow down at a snail’s pace – a fast ship does 40 Nautical Miles an hour & most less, a lot less. Stopping & turning can takes many hundreds of metres. Setting a collision course at 12 Knots can with a modicum of deviousness catch any of these warships!

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It’s likely that the partly-loaded tanker would only be able to manage around 15 knots max – after a few hours at full power. The McCain would be capable of, at least, twice that speed and be able to vary its speed very quickly – but, more importantly, it could turn 90 degrees inside 10 seconds. Ten seconds from impact, even at full speed, the tanker (operated by the aptly-named Stealth Maritime Services) was only one ship’s length away. The relative speed/manoeuvrability of the two is roughly equal to a bear trying to chase down a hare – not very… Read more »

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According to the US Navy, after deliberately aggravating the Chinese with yet another ‘Freedom of Navigation’ pass by their new base, the McCain was hit while the ship was “transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.”

AM Hants
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Wasn’t the other accident a bit suspicious as well? Funny, they both got hit in the same place? I wonder how their communications system fared?

Screwloose
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The Fitzgerald was very different, in that it was hit on the starboard side – the presumption is then that it was the US vessel at fault, even though the freighter was manoeuvring erratically, possibly due to its autopilot trying to unwind a previous confliction-avoidance course reversal. (The investigation is still under way, but it’s significant that the destroyer’s commanders have been disciplined.) As below; the question must still remain as to how a slow civilian ship could ever manage to ram anything as fast-reacting as a destroyer – the “Greyhounds of the Sea” – if it was under competent… Read more »

AM Hants
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So the primary possibility is arrogance on the High Seas and aggressive manouvres. Not from the old war horses of the seas, but, the whipper snapper new comers?

Screwloose
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Screwloose

Too early to say; but, even though it was the tanker’s responsibility to give way in that situation, the ability to manoeuvre evasively to easily avoid a collision was available to the McCain – and yet apparently unused?

Whether a hubristic ‘It’s my right-of-way – I’m holding my course – he’ll have to yield’ came into it will be one thing the inquiry may seek to discover..?

AM Hants
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If it is arrogance and ignorance that caused it, how, will they spin that to the families and loved ones, of the kids lost their lives?

Screwloose
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Fortunately, all militaries have hundreds of years of experience in concocting obfuscating deathagrams.

It’s a sad fact that a high percentage of service losses are immoral, utterly pointless and completely avoidable – which does not minimize their relatives grief, or the courage of those lost.

AM Hants
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So true and good comment.

charlie
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Nevermind maybe they will find the Bin Laden Fake dummy down there…..Good to see the enemy losing its troops…LOL

Andrew Earl
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looks a bit flimsy for a warship!

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It would appear that in addition to the usefulness of Russia performing combat testing of her Aerospace forces and associated missiles and equipment, with 2 US MQ-1 predator drones crashing near Syrian borders and 3 US Navy vessels (including missile-destroyers) colliding in the Asia-pacific I am starting to suspect that Russian electronic warfare capabilities have also been dusted off for testing.

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Rest in peaces, like countless of war criminal comrades in the years to come. Who in their right mind would board a ship called “John McCain” anyway.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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