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Iranian Boats Harass U.S. War Ships

Posted by Joshua Price on January 7, 2008

Well Iran is at it again. It seems as though some Iranian Revolutionary Guard ships decided to harass some of our naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Remember, however, Iran is a peaceful country with absolutely nothing to hide.

From The Washington Times:

In what U.S. officials called a serious provocation, Iranian boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, threatening to explode the American vessels.

U.S. forces were on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats in the early Sunday incident, when the boats — believed to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy — turned and moved away, a Pentagon official said. “It is the most serious provocation of this sort that we’ve seen yet,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman called it a “serious incident. This is something that deserves an explanation.”

Here is some background on the incident:

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. local time Sunday as Navy cruiser USS Port Royal, destroyer USS Hopper and frigate USS Ingraham were on their way into the Persian Gulf and passing through the strait — a major oil shipping route.
Five small boats began charging the U.S. ships, dropping boxes in the water in front of the ships and forcing the U.S. ships to take evasive maneuvers, the Pentagon official said.
There were no injuries but the official said there could have been, because the Iranian boats turned away “literally at the very moment that U.S. forces were preparing to open fire” in self defense.
The official said he didn’t have the precise transcript of communications that passed between the two forces, but said the Iranians radioed something like “we’re coming at you and you’ll explode in a couple minutes.”

Now what is the empty suit response in Washington? The same stale, watered down, slap-on-the-hand response we’ve been using with respect to our policies towards Iran. Read this carefully:

“Without specific reference to this incident in the Strait of Hormuz, the United States will confront Iranian behavior where it seeks to do harm either to us or to our friends and allies in the region,” McCormack told reporters. “There is wide support for that within the region and certainly that’s not going to change.”
Whitman said the Pentagon will work with State and National Security Council officials to determine “the appropriate way to address this with the Iranian government.”

I don’t care if there is/isn’t “wide support in the region” for confronting Iran when they seek to harm to our interests. Moreover, I am so sick and tired of hearing about an “appropriate” or proportionate response to dealing with the Iranian threat. They haven’t worked!

The only we’re going to send a message is with a disproportionate response–hit them harder than they hit us. That’s how you send a message.

But, lets just kick back and wait to see what move Iran makes next, as opposed to us going on the offensive in order to take out a known threat. I mean I don’t necessarily agree with, but where in the hell is the Bush Doctrine with respect to Iran? Answer: It’s AWOL.

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