Do Obama’s Military Advisors Moonlight In Oz?

Double face-palm story from Australia’s Navy News.

From “The Australian

THE Royal Australian Navy set out to boost morale with a report of its daring exploits on the high seas – the problem was that the account turned out to be fiction.

The bungle might not have been immediately obvious to the 14,000 navy personnel who opened the latest edition of Navy News to be greeted by a gripping account of war games involving the Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux.

The only problem with the stirring account under the headline “Allies ‘Hunt’ For Dechaineux” was that it never happened.

Shades of “dodging snipers in Bosnia“, Batman!

The article continued:

Like a scene from the film The Hunt for Red October, HMA Ships Ballarat and Parramatta have been gliding through the waters of the South China Sea in search of an ‘enemy’ submarine.

But like most of “The Won’s” speeches, pronouncements, promises, and general statements, it simply wasn’t true.

But Dechaineux did not make it to the South China Sea to join Exercise Bersama Shield because of a fault in its propulsion system, which had left it stranded in port in Singapore.

By the time the submarine was scratched from the five-nation war games involving Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Britain, it was too late for the Navy News. The pre-printed newspaper was already on the streets, rhapsodising about the imagined exploits of Dechaineux, which it boasted as being “the best diesel-electric boat in the world”.

Now, I loves me some Australia. My mother was born and raised there, and her father was an Aussie who fought in WWI in France, and my uncle with the RAAF in WWII. I learned to speak ‘Strine” at an early age.  My first plush toy as a kid was a stuffed Koala. Beer is one of my major food groups.

HOWEVER…..   this sort of stuff might always seem like a good idea, but it’s better to wait until after the fact, or in this case, exercise is completed before rushing to press with a story. Otherwise, you look bad, or like one of TOTUS’s enablers. Neither is a good thing.

So, learn from your mistakes, and remember Joe Friday’s admonishment:  “Just the fact’s, ma’m”

CRIKEY! You'd didn't just hit publish all, did you?


6 Responses to “Do Obama’s Military Advisors Moonlight In Oz?”

  1. 1 virgil xenophon
    May 20, 2011 at 02:19

    LOL. Double face-palm indeed! FWIW to explain my absence May 6th is my birthday and coming on Derby week(end–depending) every year occasionally we make it back to Louisville to see old friends and enjoy. It’s so hard to get tickets any more that we rarely make it to the track, but the weeks festivities–balloon and riverboat races, etc., and muy pvt parties fill an entire week. This year we stayed as house guests of some old friends who had tickets to the OAks (the filly’s race on Fri when most locals go–but that’s so popular now tickets are almost as hard to come by as the Derby.) and icing on the cake another old friend from childhood days who now lives in Colo Springs and whose Mother grew up and went to school w. mine and whose Father was Exec. Ops VP for many, many years of the old ICRR (I used to ride the City of New Orleans, AND/or–depending on sched–the Panama Ltd overnight sleeper or the slow-boat “La Louisianne” milk-run to and from my home in Ill–it came within 10 min from my front door–back and forth to LSU my 1st 2 yrs until I got a car.) called and said he had box seats for FOUR! in the old ICRR box (later the ICG(ulf) until 88 when it was bought by the Canadian Nat.RR sys [CN] ) but couldn’t make it so were we going this year, etc? Talk about blind luck! So a great time was had by all–until our return to our summer place here in Marina del Rey. First my computer went into a physical melt-down, so had to ship back to factory to get new guts and upgrades while at it as it’s a semi-milgrade custom “Dura-Book” w industrial-grade aluminum case, sealed key board, etc. THAT took a week+ with shipping time and no sooner had I gotten it back that my wife had a major Lupus immune sys flare that sent her to the hospital in INTENSE pain, so that occupied another better part of a week while her flare was brought under control. I would say punishment for the partying during Derby week but she doesn’t drink or smoke so if ANYONE should be smitten with Thor’s Hammer it should be me. (Of course I don’t smoke either, but make up for it in other, ahem, certain ways.. 🙂 )

    All better now health-wise–still not back to normal, but better. Its been a roller-coaster of the better part of 3 weeks for sure–whatever we saved via free Derby room, board and tickets we spent on computer and health cost outlays–as the the song goes: “Ain’t no rest for the wicked–and money don’t grow on trees. I got bills to pay…” (“Cage the Elephant”–a Bowling Green, Ky band–great song) so I guess I’d better go out and knock off a few lightly guarded branch banks over the weekend..LOL!

  2. 2 virgil xenophon
    May 20, 2011 at 02:29

    PS: Reason I didn’t post during Derby week is that my wife ABSOLUTELY FORBADE me from bring our lap-top or even LOOKING at a computer during Derby week! LOL!! Yes, dear… 🙂

  3. May 20, 2011 at 03:37

    Glad to hear all is well. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything I can do to help out!

    I didn’t get to watch the Derby, but I did have several bourbons & Mint Julips in recognition of the traditions and all. My Paternal Grandmother and her folks were from Kentucky & helped to endow Transylvania College back in the day, so we have to remember our own, as it were 🙂


  4. 4 virgil xenophon
    May 20, 2011 at 13:46

    Ah yes, the Transylvania “Bats”–quite a mascot they’ve got (or it should be 🙂 ) Guess that’s why they chose the name Pioneers for their athletic teams, would be pretty hard to get the Bats to come out for daylight football games–although they would probably have had a good time hanging in the rafters for basketball games. 🙂

    May 21, 2011 at 10:52

    HAPPY ARMED FORCES DAY, Thanks, Tim, and you, too, Virgil, and all who served.

  6. May 21, 2011 at 15:10

    I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat if they’d let me!

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