Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 14 Comments
. . .is being led by a party that seems unclear as to what our navy looks like:
On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.
But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.
While retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, honored vets as America’s best, the ships from the Russian Federation Navy were arrayed like sentinels on the big screen above.
These were the very Soviet-era combatants that Nathman and Cold Warriors like him had once squared off against.
“The ships are definitely Russian,” said noted naval author Norman Polmar after reviewing hi-resolution photos from the event. “There’s no question of that in my mind.”
I guess you can’t expect your non-squid to know what a Slava-class cruiser* looks like, but hey: I haven’t been to sea in better than a decade, either, and I’m betting that Admiral John Nathman bought that crappy backdrop sight unseen.
This is either a tasteless prank, or a piece of colossal incompetence, neither of which is a savory possibility.
Update: linked at Hogewash
Update II: ‘vendor error‘ => “Due to vendor error, incorrect images appeared briefly on screen behind fifty-one veterans during the convention and the DNCC apologizes for this mistake…This error should not distract from the words of Admiral Nathman and others who spoke to President Obama’s strong record on issues that impact those who have served our nation.”
*If that’s what’s in the foreground of the image; I’m not researching past the Navy Times image, and you really want to validate these points. Especially if you’re trying to honor our military.