Since the Iran nuclear deal and our turning over $1.7 billion, actions that were supposed to reduce confrontations with the Iranians, the Iranians have increased threats against our ships.
Barack Obama’s nuke deal for the first time acknowledged their alleged right to have nuclear power and to be within months of launching a nuclear weapon. They will have such a weapon in under ten years and they are developing their ICBMs.
They continue to say Israel and the US are little and big Satan. They call for the death of Israel and the US to this day,
Barack Obama gave the largest sponsor of terrorism large sums of money and the power to build a bomb as well as the system to deliver it. He couldn’t have done better by them if he was the leader of Hamas.
In the first half of 2016, there were 19 dangerous interactions with the Iranians, which the U.S. Navy characterized as “unsafe and unprofessional.” In the first half of 2015, that number was 10, according to a defense official who spoke with Fox News anonymously. The Iranian vessels acted as the aggressors every time, according to the U.S. Navy, Fox News reported.
So far this year, there have been 30 dangerous or unsafe interactions, 11 since July, as Iran continues to escalate.
On Sunday, Iran announced via its state TV that it had deployed the Russian S-300 missile system around its nuclear facility in Fordow, a previous uranium enrichment site. According to the nuclear agreement, Fordow is no longer permitted to enrich uranium, but can only be used for civilian research, Fox News reported.
Last week, a video filmed by the staff on the US ship showed four Iranian gunboats from its Revolutionary Guard Corps coming within 300 yards of USS Nitze, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The U.S. destroyer fired flares, increased speed and took evasive maneuvers, while the Iranian ships ignored calls on the radio to stop. William Urban, a spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, called the actions as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
The next day, in a separate incident in the northern Persian Gulf, a U.S. coastal patrol ship fired three warning shots from its .50 caliber machine gun when one Iranian ship came within 200 yards.
In January, Iranian gunboats from its Revolutionary Guard Corps also seized 10 U.S. Navy sailors after their two patrol craft drifted into Iranian waters near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. They were released the following day.
This week, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said his warships would continue to confront any U.S. Navy ship near Iran’s territorial waters.
“If an American ship enters Iran’s maritime region, it will definitely get a warning. We will monitor them and, if they violate our waters, we will confront them,” he said according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook responded, “[W]e certainly hope it doesn’t continue, because it serves no purpose other than to raise tensions in an important part of the world; and tensions that we don’t seek to have escalated.”
That’s the best he can do? This is the weakest administration in our lifetime and Hillary Clinton has promised more of the same.
Bill Clinton as president worked out a similar inane deal with North Korea and they have continuously threatened the West requiring us to buy them off. Iran will be a far worse enemy. They firmly believe in the coming of the 12th Imam.