The US should not allow Iran to seize any ships but President Obama’s Pentagon has consulted with lawyers who advised them the US does not have to defend a seized ship sailing under the Marshall Islands flag.
What a message. If an ally’s ship is seized, the U.S. will look for a lawyer to say they don’t have to defend them.
President Obama has allowed Iran to hijack a ship presumed to be sailing under our protection. In fact, Iran lied at first, saying it was a U.S. ship.
Instead of surrounding them and firing a shot off their bow, we have cowered.
We are now escorting our own ships out of fear. We are on the defensive and have shown ourselves to be incapable of standing up to Iran.
CNN reported that U.S. Navy warships will “accompany” every U.S.-flagged commercial vessel that passes through the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman because of concerns that ships from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps navy could try to seize a U.S. cargo ship.
IRGC ships harassed a U.S.-flagged vessel, the Maersk Kensington, and then also seized another cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris, flagged in the Marshall Islands.
Instead of acting from strength, we are acting from weakness. It’s the same stand down, back up, and retreat approach we have grown to accept and which we recently saw implemented in Baltimore. We saw it in Benghazi. We were told it’s the approach police must use in Ferguson.
A U.S. official said if it becomes necessary, U.S. warships are prepared to escort U.S. commercial vessels and British ships throughout the entire Gulf.
Why would we accept this from the nation we are negotiating with?
Are we going to accept this as a way of life?
State Department spokesman Jim Rathke was asked about the hijacking of the ship. He wouldn’t even call it a hijacking or anything for that matter.
This is the exchange with the reporter.
Reporter: What do you consider the Iranian act? Is it an act of piracy, act of violence?
Rathke: Again, I’m — this I think is underway. I’m not going to apply an adjective to it right now. We are following the situation very carefully, but I’m not going to…
Reporter: But do you condemn it?
Rathke: Well, again, we’re gathering more information. I don’t have further reaction at this point.
Even our military sound like they’re interviewing for Code Pink.
Col. Warren weakly called the Iranian gunfire “inappropriate.”
The Iranian seizure is a message to America for blocking Iranian ships carrying arms to the Houthis in Yemen.
However, Iran has given our administration a way out. They are now claiming they seized the Danish ship because of a dispute with Maersk, the company that owns the ship.
Is that why we are forced to escort our ships and possibly British ships through The Strait of Hormuz?
The U.S. can now pretend this geopolitical incident isn’t a geopolitical incident.
CBS, Obama’s media, is going with that line.
Conveniently, Pentagon lawyers determined we do not have to defend the Maersk ship according to our agreement with the Marshall Islands.
It’s a legal thing now?
And all the administration cowards breathed a sigh of relief.