Iran has seized two U.S. navy boats which they allege wandered into Iranian waters en route from Kuwait to Bahrain. There are 10 Navy sailors in Iranian custody.
U.S. officials say they have been given assurances that the sailors will be released tomorrow. Forgive me if the words of the Obama Administration do not inspire confidence. Even if they are released, Iran is continuing to play games with the U.S. as they did went they tested ballistic missiles and launched a rocket within a mile of the U.S.S. Harry Truman. To take a page from Bill Clinton’s book, the Iranians are doing this because they can.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki says this matter will not be addressed in tonight’s State of the Union. While Obama may not address this matter, he will certainly praise the Iran nuclear deal. I wouldn’t expect anything less of Obama.
UPDATE: The 10 Navy sailors have been released unharmed. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in quickly resolving this matter.”
Gratitude? While I am glad our Navy personnel are free let’s be clear about what this was all about. This was an act of provocation by the Iranians as was the missile test and as was the rocket launched within a mile of the USS Harry Truman. Don’t expect it to be the last provocation during Obama’s final year in office. So long as Iran knows the Obama Administration won’t retaliate much less cancel the nuclear deal, Iran can act against American interests with impunity.
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