Having served as a US Navy officer on the staff of the US Seventh Fleet, permanently embarked on its flagship, the USS Blue Ridge, and subsequently, on the flagship of the French Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet, FNS Colbert, I had no small experience with lots of "dignitaries" looming about.
As such, I’ve no reason to doubt a single word of this account of the tsunami relief effort being undertaken by the USS Abraham Lincoln.
But you know what? I don’t really care. We are who we are, and no parade of America-hating international functionaries is going to change that.