On August 20th, while the Senatorial son of her namesake, Admiral John S. McCain, was enjoying the cool waters of our beautiful Oak Creek near Sedona, Arizona, the naval destroyer USS John S. McCain was about to lose ten of her sailors as a result of an unexplained collision with a commercial cargo ship in the Strait of Malacca.
I will let the official tweets from the U.S. Navy and 7th fleet lay out the sequence of events. As a result of this incident and three other "mishaps" that have occurred this year alone, the decision to remove Commander Aucoin was handed down almost immediately. Many of us have raised more than one eyebrow over suspicions of what really happened, including the Sirius Report, Bill Holter, and Dr. Joseph P. Farrell, whose comments I will include in the next blog.
First, a reminder of the USS Fitzgerald and similar incident that preceded this one.
August 20th: damage to the USS John S. McCain is announced.
August 21st. Photos of the damage are released.
USS McCain limps home "under its own power." (File that away for later.)
August 23rd. Commander Aucoin is relieved. The "incompetence" hypothesis is floated.
August 23rd. Search for missing sailors is on. But this discovery was NOT any of those sailors' remains.
August 24th. The search continues.
One hour after that tweet was posted, the search was called off.
August 25th. Vice Admiral Sawyer arrives.
August 27th. The bodies of nine sailors are found.
Photos of the sailors are released. Posthumous promotions are granted soon afterward.
September 2nd. Navy announces review of readiness.
Part II: The Suspicions
In the next blog, I will summarize the comments that have been made by various people as we all try to connect the dots that are screaming for answers from other similar incidents. Nearly three weeks have passed since the USS John S. McCain, but no retaliatory action has been taken by the United States. This lack of response would lull many into thinking that this incident will be ascribed to carelessness, fatigue, or incompetence on the part of the fine servicemen.
It would be a sad day if the reputations of fine men were allowed to go besmirched if the real truth is something other than the official story. Could it be that the lack of response is because, once again, we are staring down the barrel of an entity who is supra-sovereign and, as such, can't really have war declared upon them, but who is nevertheless displaying a technical capability that should scare the pants off all of us?