We have repeatedly heard from Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States has forged a new and loving bond with the mullahs in Iran. Kerry and Obama had saved us from certain doom, negotiating the Iranian Nuclear Agreement prevented war with Iran. We were told by the administration that this was the peaceful solution we needed.
But, after bending over the negotiating table for two years, sending the mullahs in Iran $150 billion, lying to the American people about how shitty the deal is and having to pay $400 million in cash to get our hostages back, we now know that the love is gone. Obama’s BFFs in Iran just aren’t that into him.
Iranian Fast Attack Boats Intercept US Warships Fourth Time In A Week
For the fourth time this week, on Wednesday, four Iranian Navy gunboats harassed and intercepted a US guided-missile destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. The US Navy, in a statement that demonstrates their strength and swagger, described the incident as “an unsafe and unprofessional encounter.” To really punctuate the break-up, Iran warned that its forces would respond to any foreign vessel entering its territorial waters.
Another naval official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the incident, disclosed that another US warship was involved in an incident with Iranian vessels. Iranian fast attack boats (who were apparently also acting unprofessionally) intercepted the USS Squall, a coastal patrol ship.
The official provided no further details. Fox and CNN said the US ship fired a warning shot after the Iranians closed within 200 yards in the northern Gulf. The incidents Wednesday occurred one day after Iranian vessels approached within 300 yards of the US guided missile destroyer USS Nitze in the Strait of Hormuz at the southern end of the Gulf.
The Nitze, which was sailing with another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Mason, fired 10 warning flares, sounded its ship whistles and tried unsuccessfully to communicate with the Iranian boats a dozen times, US defense officials said.
Nitze changed course away from the Iranian vessels despite being near offshore oil rigs to de-escalate the situation and avoid a collision, the Navy said. The boats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard navy eventually left the scene after coming within 300 yards of the Nitze. A U.S. Navy spokesman, Cmdr. Bill Urban, criticized the Iranian actions as “unsafe and unprofessional and could “lead to escalation and miscalculation.”
“We absolutely expect all maritime nations to act in a professional manner in accordance with international law,” Urban added. “The U.S. Navy continues to remain vigilant, and is trained to respond in a professional manner for all interactions.” That’s certainly tough talk.
In response, Iran’s defense minister warned that Iranian forces would respond to any foreign ships entering its territorial waters. “If any foreign vessel enters our waters, we will give them a warning, and if it is an act of aggression, we will confront them,” Gen. Hosein Dehghan told Iranian media Thursday.
The incident has raised tension between the two longtime adversaries in an area that has remained an international flash point for decades. Iran has long claimed it has a legal right to control access to the Strait, which is the southern entrance to the Persian Gulf, although international maritime law guarantees the right of passage under a set of transit rules. In 1988 the US Navy sank three Iranian warships and destroyed two surveillance platforms after an American naval frigate was damaged by an Iranian sea mine.
The Obama administration had hoped that an agreement reached last January to curb Iran’s nuclear program and end international sanctions against Tehran would help defuse those tensions. In January, however, the Iranian navy captured 10 crewmembers from two US patrol boats that strayed into international waters in another part of the Gulf. The sailors were released within 24 hours.
The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. About one-fifth of the world’s oil supplies flows through the Strait.
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