Here’s a picture sent out by Secretary Kerry’s special friends, the Iranian government.
It shows Navy sailors and officers surrendering to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. There is a dispute about what happened — one of their boats was disabled, and they say they were in international waters, the Iranians said they weren’t.
The question could be answered by the several GPS devices on the boats. The Iranians, however, chose to retain them with the US State Department’s blessings, when it returned the crewmen. It’s unknown whether the Iranians returned the small arms and the cryptographic and communications equipment on the boats.
That the Iranians kept the GPS units suggests that our boats were in international waters. That no US ship or aircraft responded to defend them suggests that maybe they were not — or resources are just too thin in the region, after a decade of dismantling the Navy.
The two boats went together into Iranian captivity. The boats appear to be riverine support craft, not Special Operations Combatant Craft. But we’re not experts in boat details… that’s the Navy’s department, the Frogs and the Boat Guys would know.
Prediction: some admiral, somewhere, is more worked up over the boat being dirty than he was by the boat being captured.
The Iranians gleefully displayed their trophies. Trophy weapons:
More after the jump. The Navy and the nation should both hide their faces — neither covered themselves with glory here today.
…and trophy female captive. This female sailor was made to wear the islamic headdress that signifies the second-class, slave status of Iranian women.
The Iranians claim that this next picture is that of a “commander” who is apologizing, groveling and abasing himself before his captors.
Given the history of the IRGC, that’s probably all lies. If it isn’t… it’s a damn good thing that John Paul Jones, David Farragut, and Arleigh Burke aren’t alive to see it.
The Iranian seizure of the boats happened hours before the President’s State of the Union address, in which he patted himself on the back for the great advances he had made with Iran. Meanwhile, DOD was given the usual order from this bunch — “stand down!” and the elite forces of the Foreign Service swung into action.
Bogged down in a quagmire of Iranian denials, they had to call in the diplomatic Big Gun: Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry delivered the apology that the Iranians insisted on. Indeed, he took it a step farther: he thanked the IRGC goons for rescuing our sailors.
We’re not sure what he’s on, but we are pretty confident that a fellow can overdose on it.
Scroll back up to that first picture. Does that look like a rescue to you?