“We’re sending an armada,” Trump said to Fox News last Tuesday afternoon. He was referring to the sending to Korean waters of an aircraft carrier and its squadron of support ships. Over the weekend members of the administration, including McMaster and Mattis, confirmed Trump's statement. But in the real world the ships were sailing south, not north. They were going to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula. Trump's announcement caused a furor in North and South Korea.
We all make mistakes, sometimes fatal mistakes. One would hope that the number and frequency of mistakes made by Trump and company in the past 100 days will not continue much longer.