The Bridge, the General, and the Black Swan Theory…

The collision of a container ship with the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26 is being referred to by Gen. Michael Flynn as a “black swan” event, a term often associated with unpredictable and significant incidents. Flynn shared his thoughts on the social media platform X, emphasizing the importance of strict operational procedures in U.S. ports and harbors to prevent such incidents.

Flynn suggested that the incident should prompt a thorough investigation into the harbor masters responsible for overseeing safe navigation in transit points like Baltimore, where the ship lost control and hit the bridge.

In his posts, Flynn compared this incident to the COVID-19 pandemic, describing both as black swan events with far-reaching implications.

Flynn also pointed out that video evidence showed the Dali container ship, flying the Singaporean flag, experienced a power outage just before hitting the bridge, which he insinuated contributed to the collision.

Commentary from Infowars’ Alex Jones and Andrew Tate hinted at deliberate sabotage or a cyber-attack as possible explanations for the incident, with Jones stating, “WW3 has already started,” implying a broader context of conflict.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley and Bill DelBagno, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Baltimore, however, found no evidence of terrorism linked to this event. Governor Wes Moore confirmed the power loss aboard the ship before the collision but did not specify the cause.

Discussions around the incident have also included insights from those familiar with maritime operations, highlighting the critical nature of maintaining power and control in narrow channels to prevent accidents. A retired senior engineering officer expressed surprise at the power loss, noting that standard procedure involves running additional generators and pumps to avoid such situations. A former Navy surface warfare officer described losing propulsion and steering as a worst-case scenario, emphasizing the Navy’s practice of employing redundant engineering measures during restricted maneuvers to prevent collisions or grounding.