Saturday, May 02, 2015

Obama cowers as Iran hijacks a U.S.-flagged ship

By Sara Noble

The U.S. should not allow Iran to seize any ships but President Obama’s Pentagon has found some lawyers who advised them they don't have to defend a seized ship sailing under the Marshall Islands flag, despite the fact that the Marshall Islands is a U.S. protectorate

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.

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Anonymous said...

We need to extra scrupulous in checking out any cargo that might have been 'altered' or replaced while this ship is being held by the Iranians.It wouldn't take much to put a dirty bomb on board a container and send the ship on it's way after 'negotiation' by Jarrett or one of the other corruptocrats working for urkle-the-petulant.

Anonymous said...

What Iran is doing - quite effectively - is taking control of the Strait of Hormut by little increments.
This administration has literally begun to capitulate to Iran or enemies in general. Iran will become more provocative as times passes and taken more aggressive actions.
The US Navy will not be able to do anything about the loss of control of the Strait of Hormut simply because it has not enough ships; the current 'escort' provided as per Obama is a laughable token with allies looking on attempting figuring out what the future hold.
The US has no credibility left; its all by intent - intent by a controlled puppet sought out and groomed to be directed like a marionette.
He is nothing but a chess piece - used when necessary to carry out the orders given by the globalists!

Chris said...

How "convenient" for our Lead-From(-His)-Behind Prissydent. The Marshall Islanders have been rendered unable to protect themselves with armed force and, now, our Gummint lamely refuses to protect them.

Hmmm....anyone else see domestic parallels in there anywhere?