Trickery and Strategery? — Stupidity? — As Trump warned North Korea, his ‘armada’ was headed toward Australia

Peace and Freedom

Reuters

Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 12:26am EDT

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The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia on April 15, 2017. Picture taken on April 15, 2017. Sean M. Castellano/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS
By Phil Stewart| WASHINGTON
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When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction.

It was even farther away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait and then into the Indian Ocean, as North Korea displayed what appeared to be new missiles at a parade and staged a failed missile test.

The U.S. military’s Pacific Command explained on Tuesday that the strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia. But it…

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