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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Fire On U.S. Warships In Persian Gulf

by JASmius

Of course.  Because isn't this the way that close, friendly allied countries treat each other?:

Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near the U.S. aircraft-carrier Harry S. Truman and other warships as they were entering the Gulf on Saturday, giving only brief notice in a "highly provocative" act, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday.

NBC News, citing unnamed U.S. military officials, said the Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise and the Truman came within about 1,500 yards (metres) of a rocket.

Or the missile came without 1,500 yards of the Truman.  Depending on whether you look at it with your eyes open or with your head up your ass.

"The rockets were not fired at the Truman and other ships, only near them," the network said.

So....the Iranians had bad aim?  Or perhaps they were sending us the latest in a continual stream of taunting messages to which only this "weak horse" Regime could possibly be this deliberately oblivious.

Several Revolutionary Guard vessels fired the rockets "in close proximity" of the warships and nearby merchant traffic "after providing only twenty-three minutes of advance notification," said Navy Commander Kyle Raines, spokesman for the U.S. Central Command.

It takes twenty-three minutes to shout "Allahu Akbar!"?  Are they sure it wasn't twenty-three seconds?

"These actions were highly provocative, unsafe, and unprofessional and call into question Iran's commitment to the security of a waterway vital to international commerce," Raines said in an email.

Don't worry, Commander, there's no question at all about Iran's commitment to the security of the waterway vital to international commerce - they have none.  Or, rather, they're committed to shutting it down and taking out as many U.S. warships as possible in the process.  It is called the Persian Gulf, after all.  There's no question that's how they look at it.  And if we didn't like that and they already had nuclear weapons, there wouldn't be much we would do about it, other than perhaps to underestimate them (again), providing the mullahs the perfect opportunity to "come out of the nuclear closet" at our expense.  Perhaps on a carrier battle group like that of the Truman, or Tel Aviv, or Riyadh, or Paris, or Manhattan.  There's no doubt that they're looking for any excuse to do so.

My advice to Tehran, from their perspective, is to just cut to the chase and launch first, because it ought to be abundantly clear that Barack Obama will not be provoked by anything the Iranians do to us.into any military response.  If they want to bring their twelfth imam back, they're going to have to do it themselves.


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