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White House Take on Iran Harassing U.S. Naval Ships

Posted by Joshua Price on January 8, 2008

I just do not get the Bush administration’s position towards Iran. I mean just read the following from The Washington Times:

“We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future,” said Gordon Johndroe, White House national security spokesman.

So let me get this straight, the official White House position is that we “urge” the Iranians to refrain from harassing our vessels? Wow. That’s really tough language. I’m sure this will lead to Iran ceasing from engaging in this type of activity in the future.

But it gets better. Check out what Iran is saying about this:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency that the issue was resolved after both sides identified one another.
The Strait of Hormuz “example,” he said, “was similar to previous cases and is an ordinary and natural issue…. This is an ordinary issue that happens for the two sides every once in a while and after the identification of the two sides the issue is resolved.”

This was an “ordinary and natural issue?” So this clearly means that Iran sees no problem with this type of behavior. In fact, they seem to be arguing that it’s fairly routine.

This absolutely amazes me. Iran is being defiant on many fronts, yet all the Bush administration seems to want to do is give the proverbial slap on the wrist.

We will definitely continue to monitor this situation.

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