And the scenario you describe is the absolute height of insanity.
It's James Sanders' scenario, not mine. I'm still skeptical about a lot of it and your devil's advocate approach gave me a few things to ponder.
My active duty time was spent on DDGs and FFGs assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.
Hey, I'm just a dumb jarhead. I don't know what DDG or a FFG or a CVBT is and I don't really care. Sounds like your want to get into a pissing contest, but I am going off to enjoy the weekend. See you around.
Not really trying to get into a pissing contest, just defending the military from those who would attack it and try and discredit it and bring it down. I cannot understand how someone can believe the military is stupid enough to shoot down a U.S. civilian airliner, evil enough to cover it up, and yet honorable enough in the war in Iraq. It's the same military in both situations, and if you believe they shot down and covered up TWA 800 then I assume you believe that they're out there murdering civilians and committing atrocities in Iraq.
And a DDG is a guided missile equipped destroyer. An FFG is a guided missile equipped frigate. The same kind of ships you think shot down the airliner.