Of course, I believe the first one, don’t you?
That unarmed ship was probably full of drunken sailors…
Oh, wait, I just thought of something!
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Here’s some blab from the third story. Sure do wish they’d supplied pictures:
The Pentagon charged Monday that five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in an apparent attempt to harass the American crew.
The Obama administration said the incident Sunday followed several days of “increasingly aggressive” acts by Chinese ships in the region.
A Chinese intelligence ship and four others surrounded the USNS Impeccable, an unarmed vessel with a civilian merchant marine crew, as the craft conducted ocean surveys in international waters in the South China Sea, the Defense Department said in a statement.
The Impeccable sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away. Despite the force of the water, Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet, the Defense department said.
Whowee! Underwear shots!
Then there is this howler from a Pentagon spokesman:
“We expect Chinese ships to act responsibly and refrain from provocative activities that could lead to miscalculation or a collision at sea, endangering vessels and the lives of U.S. and Chinese mariners…”
Sure we do. We were just saying that the other day. The Baron, munching on crumpets, opined, “isn’t it wonderful how responsibly the Chinese have acted down through the ages? Pass the cream, please.”
I did as he requested, but I was inscrutable about it.