Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gotta Go With Occam on This One...

Reader Gerry sends in this story, which I know has already been *all* over the blogosphere:

Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets
On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.

But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.
I know. It's awfully tempting to think this is an indication of something more sinister - that it was a deliberate, sneaky snub to our veterans, the majority of which do not vote for Democrats. Honestly, I think this is just a case of simple incompetence - someone, likely a very junior staffer, was told to get "a picture of warships" or a similar request. Now, should that have been checked by someone who would know better? Of course. But I really think this was just someone being lazy and uneducated about the subject rather than malicious.

There's a lot about the DNC conference that's perfectly legitimate to use against them. The waffling over the inclusion of "G-d" in speeches; the repeated snubs to Israel at a time when we really need a strong ally in that region; the fact that while they're claiming the GOP is waging a "war on women" they're having Bill "rapist" Clinton speak and lionizing Ted Kennedy - the only politician with a confirmed kill in the war on women... There's enough that they've actually done and said with which to bash them that we don't need to don the tinfoil and look for conspiracies.

That said, it doesn't mean we can't point and laugh at the dumbasses...

That is all.


Bubblehead Les. said...

Of course this could explain why Obama claims that Romney is a Fool when it comes to Foreign Policy, and that he's "Stuck in a Cold War Mentality" when it come to US-Russian Relations.

Speaking of Foreign Policy, how's that "Arab Spring" working out for you,Barry? Any Americans get killed today from those "Peace Loving" Al-Queada Sympathizers raising their Battle Flags over the U.S. Embassies?

Or is that all the fault of some "Right Wing Extremist Film Maker?"

Oh that's right. NOTHING is ever the fault of the Anointed One.

Anonymous said...

You don't need to be the CNO to know a picture of carrier task force is always a safe bet.


Will Brown said...

I'm really tempted to think that the honest response when this was pointed out was, "Oh! You didn't mean our Soviet veterans?"

In the event, since the Cross of St. Andrew is a Russian Navy device, I agree that routine incompetence seems the most likely cause, whatever the original intent.

Stretch said...

This is the same party who had a photo of Canadian troops on one of their "thank the troops" commercials.
Total A-holes.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Yup, I'll vote for incompetence. Nobody who knew American warships was involved, and none of them thought it necessary to check with someone who actually knew what he was doing.

(Wouldn't it have been fun if the admiral had turned around in the middle of his speech, seen the image, and called it for what it was?)

No doubt the Russian ships were manned by Navy corpsemen.

Anonymous said...

It was part of a reciprocal agreement between idiot vendors.

In 2006, the Russians had a Defenders of the Homeland Day celebratory billboards (20 of them) with pictures of a warship (turns out to be the USS Missouri, you know, the one the Japanese signed surrender documents on) and an airplane (from the Turkish air force, one that had been destroyed in a crash at an airshow).