Iranian Navy Seizes Commercial Ship, But Will the United States Respond?

Iranian Navy Seizes Commercial Ship, But Will the United States Respond?

The Maersk Tigris, a commercial shipping vessel sailing under the Marshall Islands flag, was fired upon and seized today by the Iranian Navy while sailing on a known commercial shipping route through the Strait of Hormuz.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the cargo ship’s master had initially refused an Iranian order to move further into Iranian waters, but after the warning shots were fired the Maersk Tigris complied.

The cargo ship, which had more than 30 people aboard, was directed to waters near Larak Island, he said.

The Iranian vessels, numbering five or six, were with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, Warren said.

“It is inappropriate” for the Iranians to have fired warning shots across the ship’s bridge in those circumstances, Warren said, adding that it was too early to know whether the Iranian intervention amounted to a violation of the freedom of navigation through a waterway heavily used by international shipping.

The spokesman said the U.S. government has “certain obligations” to defend the interests of the Marshall Islands, but he was uncertain how those obligations apply in this situation.

According to the navigational routes, the Maersk Tigris was NOT in Iranian waters.

And while this may not have been a United States ship (as was initially reported), the United States is still obligated to respond to this aggression.

Or, at least, we would be responding if…. you know… the president actually gave a damn. But he’s desperately trying to suck up to Iran and get a nuclear deal done.

So the excuse will be “they were flying under the Marshall Islands flag, not the United States flag.” Never mind that we are responsible for the defense of the Marshall Islands.

The destroyer USS Farragut is on its way to the scene, but it is not known how long it will take the ship to get there. And once they are there… then what? Take pictures? Wave to the 30-some people onboard as they get directed to dock at Bandar Abbas, where Iran’s largest naval base is located? Is this what we have to look forward to?

The problem is, even without a nuclear weapon and under the Obama Doctrine of “give Iran everything they want,” there won’t even be any repercussions now.

Al Jazeera is claiming that the ship has been released.

There is no other official confirmation of that yet.

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  • TMR says:

    This coward can’t leave the White House fast enough.

    Yet, the GOP establishment begs and grovels before him….

  • Merle says:

    Do you really think our gutless leader will do more than send a “stern letter” to the iranians? He hasn’t stood up tp them during the “negotiations”, so why expect him to now?


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