Doomer Doug said Iran was going to make its move. They have now done so. Personally, I think some kind of “deal” was made to get them to turn the Yemen convoy around. It is very clear Iran is now sowing its oats. Whatever our farce of a President Obama intended, Iran is clearly not impressed. I will also add the fact the Iranian Navy fired a shot over the bow of the merchant ship, one that was in international waters I might add, is very significant. Granted, this happened in the Persian Gulf, but the message is clear. Iran is on the move.
I will remind my blog readers the last time this type of event happened was in 1975 under President Ford. Pol Pot and his Cambodian Psychopaths seized a US flagged merchant ship and took the crew to Cambodia. President Ford sent in US Marines to try and get them back. The captives weren’t were the CIA said they were. Eventually they were returned unharmed. I don’t see how Obama can now avoid sending in COMBAT TROOPS WITH FULL NAVAL AND AIR SUPPORT IF IRAN TAKES THE 34 CREW TO IRAN. I will also remind everybody the seizure of a US flagged ship is AN ACT OF WAR. President Jefferson sent in naval and marine forces to deal with the Barbary Pirates seizing American flagged ships. President Ford did the same thing. I have no idea whether our SPINELESS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OBAMA will have the cajones to send in the Marines. Still, this is a clear example of why the US Marines and Navy exist. It is their mission to deal with situations like this.
Yep, gang, we got ourselves a situation here with Iran.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Iranian navy seized a ship on Tuesday at the request of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, the English-language service of Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.
“The ship is a trade vessel and has been seized by the Iranian navy,” said Fars, citing what it called an informed source.
“The ship was seized after a relevant court order was issued for its confiscation,” the source was quoted as saying, referring to differences between the ports organization and the vessel’s owner. It did not identify the owner.
(Reporting by Yara Bayoumy, Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
ONDON (Reuters) – The ship manager for the container vessel boarded by Iranian forces declined to comment on the status of the vessel on Tuesday.
The Pentagon said earlier that the Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris was boarded by Iranian forces in the Gulf.
The Maersk Tigris is managed by Singapore-based Rickmers Ship Management, which is part of Hamburg-based Rickmers Group. A Rickmers Group spokeswoman declined to comment when contacted by Reuters about the vessel.
A spokesman for the world’s biggest container group Maersk Line said the vessel was on timecharter to Maersk Line, declining further comment.
Ship tracking data on Reuters showed the vessel was bound for Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, although it was still close to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas at 1530 GMT (1130 ET) on Tuesday. Its previous port was listed as Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
(Reporting by Jonathan Saul; Editing by Janet Lawrence)