I’m not a military strategist by any means — nor would I aspire to be one — but even I can figure out that one of the reasons the Navy has submarines is because they don’t want other people to know we have warships in certain places. You can’t hide a battleship — they are a show of power — but a submarine is stealthy and contains the element of surprise.
So it’s probably not a good idea to tell other people where we have them, especially if you’re a narcissistic braggart with size issues and happen to have access to nuclear codes. Via Buzzfeed:
Pentagon officials are in shock after the release of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and his Philippines counterpart revealed that the US military had moved two nuclear submarines towards North Korea.
“We never talk about subs!” three officials told BuzzFeed News, referring to the military’s belief that keeping submarines’ movements secret is key to their mission.
While the US military will frequently announce the deployment of aircraft carriers, it is far more careful when discussing the movement of nuclear submarines. Carriers are hard to miss, and that, in part, is a reason the US military deploys them. They are a physical show of force. Submarines are, at times, a furtive complement to the carriers, a hard-to-detect means of strategic deterrence.
According to the transcript, released Wednesday, Trump called Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte April 29, in part to discuss the rising threat from North Korea. During that call, while discussing ways to mitigate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions, Trump said: “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines — not that we want to use them at all. I’ve never seen anything like they are but we don’t have to use this, but [Kim] could be crazy, so we will see what happens.”
Not only that, he thinks Duterte is doing a bang-up job of running his country.
During the same call, Trump also called the North Korea leader a “madman with nuclear weapons” and celebrated Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.” The Filipino leader has supported the alleged extrajudicial killing of 8,000 people since he took office in June, part of his purge to rid his nation of drugs. Duterte has bragged about committing murder himself, called former president Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” and once threatened to suspend the bilateral agreement between his nation and the United States that allows US troops to visit the Philippines.
“Keep up [the] good work, you are doing an amazing job,” Trump told Duterte during the call.
And then he turns around and lectures NATO, pissing off the European allies.
He’s not just an embarrassment at home; he’s sharing his idiocy with the world. It’s a good thing we don’t have warp capability; he’d probably cozy up to the Romulans and admire the way they keep order.