If Kerry thinks he has such a great relationship with Iran why doesn’t he do something? It is embarrassing how sad this has been. Terrorists around the world can’t wait to deal with our soldiers in the field.
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It’s not clear which is more pathetic: that Iran apparently demanded an apology from the United States for what was clearly an accident, or that these vessels suffered a mechanical failure in a critical situation and then lost communication with their command ship. It’s a painful reminder that our armed forces have been starved of funds to maintain and repair equipment during Obama’s watch as commander-in-chief, and they’ve also watched their numbers steadily shrink.
Even worse, this incident comes weeks after Iran taunted us by suddenly test-firing a missile less than 1,500 yards away from American ships that were patrolling the Hormuz Straits. We of course did nothing, just as we will do nothing to retaliate against Iran for seizing our Navy personnel this time. Next time, the test-firing might be only 500 yards away, or 500 feet. Next time, American sailors might not be released. And why not? Tehran clearly views America with contempt, pegging us as a feeble former superpower trapped in death-spiral decline. Our own president sees us the same way, so why shouldn’t one of our leading enemies? Now, a real commander-in-chief would have demanded not only the immediate and unconditional release of our sailors, but the release as well of the other five Americans being held hostage in Iran even as you read this post.
- Jason Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post who is being held on charges of subverting the Islamic Republic;
- Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor who converted from Islam and was in Iran working on an approved orphanage project until he was arrested, charged, and sentenced to eight years in prison as a “threat to Iran’s national security”;
- Amir Hekmati, a former Marine who was on a visit to Iran, his parents’ homeland, when he was arrested and sentenced to death as a spy;
- Robert Levinson, a retired FBI and DEA agent who was kidnapped in March 2007 and has been in prison ever since. He has been held in Iranian captivity longer than any American in history, even longer than the U.S. Embassy hostages in 1979–80; and
- Siamak Namazi, an American-born businessman who has dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, and who was seized and held without trial sometime in October 2015. He is now held in solitary confinement in the notoriously brutal Evin prison.