Pentagon Reports Two Navy Boats and Crew Being Held By Iran

Pentagon Reports Two Navy Boats and Crew Being Held By Iran

Whatever the narrative that President Obama was hoping to spin about Iran during tonight’s State of the Union address just went straight out the window. The Pentagon released the news that two Navy boats are in Iranian hands – along with their crews.
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Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said.

U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the middle of the Persian Gulf. They say it stemmed from some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats, causing them to run aground. The troops were picked up by Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has forged a personal relationship with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif through three years of nuclear negotiations, called Zarif immediately on learning of the incident, according to a senior U.S. official.

Kerry “personally engaged with Zarif on this issue to try to get to this outcome,” the official said.

That’s nice. It’s also not what the Iranians are saying.

The question is, what exactly does “promptly” mean? Are we talking promptly like tomorrow, or after the presidential election circa 1980’s promptly?

Either way, the president now has to make the effort to justify the stupid non-binding unsigned Iran deal, and try and spin this as a simple mechanical failure and misunderstanding by Iran. Will Obama even bother to mention it during the speech? If the RNC was smart, they’d be ready to alter Governor Nikki Haley’s rebuttal to reflect how this president’s ineffective and weak foreign policy has led to this moment.

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