The line we were fed by the government and the media about the capture of our U.S. sailors is unbelievable – literally. The media and the administration droned on with the message – “mechanical failure” and “inadvertently drifted” and “boat in distress”.
Boats don’t drift 50 miles off course when one is capable of towing the other.
As John McCain said, “boats do not lose their sovereign immune status when they are in distress at sea.”
The U.S. boats held and released by the Revolutionary Guard were deliberately taken. They were not spy ships and they are well-equipped with radar, GPS, and chart plotters as well as having a trained force to steer clear of Iranian waters.
If the force wasn’t trained, it would be unheard of.
The Iranians took the ships GPS equipment so we can’t prove they were in international waters. We already know our government lies about almost everything and we know they will do anything to get this Iranian nuclear deal.
How could these ships end up 50 miles off course? Anyone who has boated knows this is completely unreasonable.
These sailors were in hostile territory and they knew they had to avoid the Iranian waters. One boat was reported to have problems. Normally, the other boat would tow them, they would not look for safe harbor in Iran. Certainly they would not have entered these waters without both ships being in top condition.
That story wasn’t working so our State Department came up with a new one, worse than the original. They admit the first story was false.
There was no engine failure, and the boats were never “in distress.” Once the sailors were released, AP reported, “In Washington, a defense official said the Navy has ruled out engine or propulsion failure as the reason the boats entered Iranian waters.”
Instead, said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at a press conference Friday morning, the sailors “made a navigational error that mistakenly took them into Iranian territorial waters.” He added that they “obviously had misnavigated” when, in the words of the New York Times, “they came within a few miles of Farsi Island, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has a naval base.
They mis-navigated by 50 miles? Were they not trained? Didn’t they use their chart plotters?
U.S. sailors frequently travel these waters. This was not a difficult trip navigationally.
They never sent an S.O.S. to say they mis-navigated.
We are being fed a pack of lies. The sailors were in international waters when they were boarded.
This took place immediately before the State of the Union.
It’s very likely Iran planned this entire operation because as the experts below will say, it goes along with the domination they are asserting throughout the region. They are saying America won’t be there for you and you are on your on and we are supreme.
Our idiotic State Department went along with whatever the Iranians said. Nothing would stop this nuclear deal.
John Kerry thanked Iran for humiliating our sailors.
These sailors were completely humiliated. As Senator Royce told Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom Thursday, the U.S. is being “rolled”. This took place right after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired a rocket close to our U.S. carrier.
The Iranians continue with “this type of bad behavior”, Royce said, “and we continue to retreat.”
Senator Royce said Iran is emboldened and there has been “one dangerous and provocative act after another. Whether it’s launching the ICBMS, whether it’s taking an additional U.S. hostage which they did some weeks ago, whether it’s this kind of activity…I believe they’re messaging throughout the region just as they did when they said they were going to overthrow the government of Bahrain, overthrow the government of Saudi Arabia, they’ve already overthrown the government in Yemen…so, this kind of actions, conducted by the Ayatollah, the Revolutionary Guards forces are just beginning…”
When the Iranians shot rockets 1500 yards off our ships, our administration did nothing.
During the Green Movement, we did nothing, and “this tilt towards Iran has strengthened the Ayatollah,” Royce said.
Retired Navy Captain Chuck Nash said exactly the same thing and more. He told Fox News anchor Martha McCallum that he believes Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the decision to release the footage because the group detaining the sailors was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which reports directly to Khamenei.
It wasn’t simply the Iranian Navy which reports up a military chain of command. This decision to release the tape and take these guys was made by Khamenei himself and it was done intentionally.
Nash wants to know what kind of training the commander of our ships had because he should have been trained to steer clear of enemy forces. We don’t know if he was under duress, however, Nash added.
The U.S. is trying to put lipstick on this pig by claiming that the nuclear deal enabled the U.S. to get these men back. Nash pushed back on that.
“This was done intentionally and it was done to further embarrass the United States” Nash said. “And to send the clear message to the Gulf Arabs: If the Americans won’t stand up for themselves, they’re certainly not going to stand up for you. We’re the big dog now.”