Ten United States Navy sailors are abducted by Iran and then released. The Obama Administration claims the Iranians were helping our boats in distress. That doesn’t explain why our sailors were forced to surrender on their knees, blindfolded and given sparse accommodation; why no actual distress call was received by the Navy; or how two boats with dual engines simultaneously lost power. Did someone put sugar in the gas?
Nonetheless, our gratitude is heartfelt:
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” in a statement Wednesday…
[A]dding later, “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong…”
If not a testament to the right of passage in international waters.
The Secretary might have mentioned that the swiftest way to resolve this matter would have been not to seize our military personnel in the first place and not to even think about it again or we’ll keep our $150 billion, but that would have been
politically incorrect undiplomatic.
There is nothing to indicate the capture was a hostile act on the part of Iran, a senior Obama administration official said.
That statement is an admission by our government that our sailors were in Iranian waters, even though the US Navy is still investigating. That’s the only explanation for the abduction not having been a hostile act.