Skip to comments.34 Warships Rumors Are Not True
Posted on 11/04/2010 2:22:26 PM PDT by 84rules
Rumors are running rampant about President Barack Obamas upcoming trip to India, including one that he has dispatched a flotilla of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, to provide security while he is in Mumbai starting on Saturday.
The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea, according to a story by Press Trust of India, which did not indicate where this information came from. Nevertheless, it was the lead story on the Drudge Report on Thursday morning.
Even Teddy Roosevelt, who sent The Great White Fleet around the world, might find sending that many warships a tad excessive, so The Rumor Doctor decided to delve into the matter.
Sure enough, there are not 34 ships and there isnt an aircraft carrier supporting the presidents trip, said a defense official, who declined to provide any information on security measures for presidential trips.
(Excerpt) Read more at stripes.com ...
Right. The 3000 person retinue, scores of limosines, renting the entire Taj Mahal Hotel, the bomb proof security tunnel, etc, etc, are plenty reason to consider this jerk an egocentric megalomaniac.
I read this article. This guy is a low level blogger. I wonder if he has taken orders directly from the CIC.
Untill I see credible proof (or denial) from the MSM, I will continue to belive Obama is taking 34 warships for a 2 billion dollar joyride.
Probably 70 ships.
So, this article is based on a tip by an anonymous defense official who refuses to say anything about how many ships there are? Wow, that's convincing evidence!
Doesn’t matter if the story is true or not.
What matters is that the story is completely believable to most Americans.
And that is the REAL problem.....
What goes around, comes around.
It does sound over the top, but really nothing is debunked at the link.
The real story is India is actually taking all the coconuts off the trees so that the Chosen One won’t be injured.
Besides this opinion piece only quibble about numbers.
And that is the REAL problem.....
Stars & Stripes? LOL! The chicken sh*t brass of generals, admirals and full bird colonels are Obama’s boys now. I do not trust them. They are snakes doing Obama’s bidding.
The Pentagon is infested with muslims now. Americans traded their liberty for a TV clicker.
So how many? 33?
Obama is giving America the finger once again. The military brass will do what ever he says.
He is just like Mugabe.
“Admiral, make it 33 or 35 ships and swap the Aircraft Carrier for a Helicopter Carrier so I can have press secretary Gibbs deny the story in its entirety.”
“Aye, Aye, Mr. President.”
Just routine maneuvers-—Near Mumbai.
Even one ship is one too many.
Does anyone have Julian Assange’s phone number?
Where’s Wikileaks when you need ‘em?
Someone had to crush the story. I already don’t like Obama. I don’t need worthless rumors to add to that.
They dilute the effect of the valid issues too.
Imagine that. These obviously unreliable reports from India turned out to be false after all.
And yet there were dozens of FReepers who piled on to them, spewing venom from every orifice.
If I were a bad guy (e.g., a Democrat operative), and I were worried about Tea Party types, I might just use that sort of response to make the Tea Partiers jump in all directions until they collapse from sheer exhaustion.
Maybe this will clue some folks in on the need to start using a bit more common sense where sensational stories are concerned.
But I am not optimistic.
Does our Navy even have 34 ships anymore? Just asking.
“What matters is that the story is completely believable to most Americans.”
And, may I add, many Americans don’t believe one word coming from the WH.
Ironic that the American taxpayer will be spending perhaps half a billion dollars a day to insure that scumbag’s security while he’s working overtime to strip the country of any semblance of security, either in its physical security or its financial security.
Democrats taught us that the truth of the charge doesn’t matter so much as the seriousness of the charge.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor shot down the $200 million-a-day figure — to put the outrageous sum in context, that’s 5 million times Rachael Ray’s recommended $40 a day.
“The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality. Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security procedures and costs, but it’s safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated,” Vietor said.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell also outright rejected the claim that 34 warships would patrol the Mumbai coast while Obama is in town.
“I think there has been a lot of creative writing that’s been done on this trip over the last few days,” he said. “We obviously have some support role for presidential travel ... but I will take the liberty this time of dismissing as absolutely absurd, this notion that somehow we are deploying 10 percent of the Navy, some 34 ships and an aircraft carrier in support of the president’s trip to Asia — that’s just comical.
reminds one of Bush’s fly into Iraq on Thanksgiving with just AirForce one....during an on going war...makes this president look like a little girly boy
Imagine that. These obviously unreliable reports from India turned out to be false after all.....
Wow. I wish we were all as smart as you.
I wish we could believe some no-name blogger who takes his orders from the Pentagon - who takes their orders from the White Hut.
But you must be right. Because Robert Gibbs has also denounced these silly rumors, so they MUST be false.
Why - even Snopes has shoen them as false.
Wow. If White House and Pentagon spokesperson are denying this 200 million dollar per day report, then it MUST be false.
Don’t forget - Snopes has debunked it too.
Good one! Still laughing!!!
That figure is in line with how much does it cost to secure an Olympic site for two weeks or a summit?
Answer: $1.8 billion
This isn’t the Olympics or a major multi-national summit. It is a Presidential visit. Either way, the 34 ship rumor is false.
A more likely scenario?
When the criticism began to take root and bite those who supported and conceived of the trip pushed the 37 Ship story which appears to be false.. When they stood on the story the idea is that criticism of the real extravagances will be blunted/less effective.
Are you convinced by the story about the 34 ships in the "Press Trust of India, which did not indicate where this information came from"?
First off this story is BS.
An aircraft carrier is not some floating island but rather a platform for Air operations and it is, in fact, part of a flotilla.
Oh and the trip was on the news last night and they discussed the cost.
So this low level blogger ain’t playing with a full deck.
Based on the who and what else he is taking with him to India, I wouldn’t plan a trip anywhere near Washington D.C. while he is out of the country. A shrewd dictator might see it as a gathering place of his enemies and return after the huge unfortunate crisis with great powers, martial law and his regulatory entourage intact.
This trip has a kind of 1930’s echo to it.
> “Probably 70 ships.” <
There probably will be at least an Amphibious Readiness Group nearby with a Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard to rescue The One if needed... at least five ships from the “Gator Navy.”
Hey, common sense is a gift, but it's not all that uncommon.
As for you: grow up.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.