Iran Takes Ten U.S. Sailors Hostage

Iran Captures US Ships And SailorsIranian forces captured two American ships and took ten sailors hostage yesterday, after claiming both ships suffered engine malfunctions and strayed into Iranian waters. Wow, what a co-inky dink.

The Islamic Republic of Iran seized two U.S. Navy vessels while they were navigating the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, detaining the ships and ten American sailors near Iran’s Farsi Island, the Pentagon said. Farsi Island is home to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) military base.

It’s funny; I’m old enough to remember when confiscating ships and taking Americans hostage was considered an act of war.

Iran’s state-controlled Fars New Agency reported that one of the 10 sailors who have been detained is a woman. They also noted in their article that each of the boats is equipped with three 50 caliber machine guns. The IRGC has also confiscated GPS equipment from the vessels.

Iran media says Revolutionary Guard navy confiscated GPS equipment belonging to 10 US sailors it has arrested, “our border was crossed.”

Secretary of State John Kerry has called Tehran hoping to secure the sailors’ immediate release, which state Iran has agreed to let them go “within hours.”

Yeah, Iran eventually released the hostages; more than twelve hours after their capture. I did not waste my time watching the “president’s” State of the Union Address last night, but I read he never mentioned this incident. Not once. He did, however, dare to actually say this out loud:

“I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker… No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin.”

Apparently Barry is hitting the choom again.

8 thoughts on “Iran Takes Ten U.S. Sailors Hostage

  1. I agree with Jim Geraghty who said “That’s nice, but it may not mean as much as in an era of asymmetrical warfare. Our country’s worst wound in a generation was inflicted by a bunch of guys with box-cutters. “We’re the safest because we spend the most” is not necessarily true.”

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  2. I try to not let my emotions get the best of me, but seeing these American soldiers in this position really pisses me the f*%^ off!! Why in the hell didn’t our government step in? Why can I find more information about the Powerball on the internet than I can about these hostages? American hostages?!? I am also old enough to remember when such events were considered acts of war and handled accordingly. One can only hope they were not tortured and that they arrive home safely soon.

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  3. Kari – This never would have happened under Reagan’s watch, or for that matter, Bush’s. The fact Obama and Kerry are proclaiming this a tribute to the two nations working together shows how far we’ve sunk.

    FD – Apparently that is a big no-no, if what I read on Twitter was accurate.

    John – I figured he mixes it up with coke now and then.

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