Just a few quick takes here on the Persian Gulf incident this week. Clearly, there’s a lot that’s been made public that doesn’t make any sense. And, truthfully, there’s a lot we don’t know and will never know.
Both boats had navigation problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. Traditionally, the Navy teaches navigation skills. But in these days of the PC Navy, maybe not (math is involved and girls aren’t good at math so mathy things have to go — that comment ought to generate some heat!). Tip to the swabbies, keep friendly coast on your right shoulder (starboard side — do they still teach that or is that some how a microaggression?) and you won’t go wrong.
Both boats got lost? These are riverine craft supposedly following the coast from Kuwait to Bahrain. Anyone could navigate these craft — keep the coastline on your right at all times (see above). Do not venture into the open sea. Follow those two instructions and you’ll never be close to Iranian waters, you’ll be in Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian and Bahraini waters the whole time.
Both boats had engine problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. They drifted 50 something miles in a short time? They have anchors, right? If you find you’re drifting, drop anchor and orient the boat into the tide/wind to minimize resistance. Does anyone know if they had paddles onboard? Could they have paddled a short distance and beached the craft on Kuwaiti/Saudi/Bahraini coast? I don’t know the answers to those questions.
Both boats had radio/coms problems? At the same time? These are highly sophisticated, capable and well-equipped craft. It’s been mentioned that the Iranians were somehow jamming communications. A broadband jam of that level, essentially enveloping a whole region and multiple bands should have made the U.S. Navy more than a little curious about what was going on.
Speaking of the U.S. Navy. Why was there no overhead coverage? Communications go down and no one thinks to check on the boats? There’s no E2 or surveillance-recon/early warning/coms aircraft aloft over the area? No helicopters? No drones keeping an eye on the Iranians (especially on the Iranian naval ops at Farsi Island)?
This circles back to the night of Benghazi. We’re spending $600 billion a year on the military and when something goes sideways, it can’t react. Despite having two airbases (Sigonella and Aviano) within combat aircraft range (Aviano definitely has combat aircraft at it), nothing was done at Benghazi. I’m not even including possible naval and ground force (military, covert and contractor) assets in the region.
Ditto here. There are naval vessels in the region. There are air assets currently fighting ISIS in the region.
Of course, you can have all the tools in the world but if the craftsman can’t or won’t use them…
I won’t comment on the quality of the crews beyond noting that they looked a little shabby and inexperienced.
I’m not going to comment beyond the story that the boats were transiting down the southern coast of the Persian Gulf and somehow were scooped up by Iranian forces.
I will offer a theory on the quick release. I suspect that the Revolutionary Guards naval forces grabbed the boats, likely, without the full authorization of Tehran. Once notified of the capture, Tehran told the guards to keep the GPS equipment but cut the sailors and the boats loose because they had a deal cooking and the caper was at a most inopportune time and could foul that deal. Today we learned that we freed some Iranian terrorist types for some U.S. hostages. Those sailors are lucky that deal was happening or they’d have been in a similar situation as the British sailors seized in 2007 while inspecting a merchant smuggler off the Iraqi coast.
The Obama administration is clearly lying about a few things but that’s like noting that the sky is blue. Like the Clintons, the O admin seems to lie even about things that they have no reason to lie about. For many people, especially liberals, lying is a way of life. It’s a way of controlling the situation, the conversation and, ultimately, people.
Last thoughts — it’s foolish to deploy military forces and be unwilling to use them or let them defend themselves. The Iranian naval base on Farsi Island, long a thorn in the sides of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and other users of the Persian Gulf, needs to be removed and any subsequent attempts to re-establish it need to be met with extreme force. We have the capabilities of doing that, we just don’t have the leadership.
The American Thinker has a good piece on this (it’s not the only one).