“We don’t let anyone give us warnings and threats, because we are working according to international law and regulations…we work for the security of our country and other countries.” – Flotilla Admiral Habibollah Sayyar, Commander of Iran’s Regular Navy
And so the game of ‘leverage’ begins…
Coming soon after last weeks U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Yemini Houthi rebel fighters…and just weeks after Obama and the P5+1 sold the U.S. and Israel out in that joke of a ‘framework deal’ with Iran over its nuclear ambitions…last Sunday the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and her escort ship the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy left the Persian Gulf and headed for the Arabian Sea…to the waters off Yemen…in what Naval officials have called “maritime security operations” to ensure that vital shipping lanes remain open and safe.
And if you believe that I’ve got some swamp land to sell you.
So with the Roosevelt joining nine other American warships… including cruisers and destroyers carrying ‘board and search’ teams…teams that ‘anonymous’ Naval sources say will intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels…and at last report there was an Iranian convoy of eight ships nearing Yemeni waters…this is anything but a so-called routine ‘operation’ NO matter that our Navy has in the past conducted consensual boarding of ships.
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Remember, the fact is that we do NOT have the legal authority or any authority to board Iranian-flagged ships even with the U.N. resolution in place…and yet this is was what ‘anonymous’ Naval sources say we will be doing…an action that could be construed as a declaration of war against Iran…an action counter to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren saying, “Ships are repositioning to conduct maritime security operations, they are not going to intercept Iranian ships.”
But wasn’t Yemen supposed to be at peace as in an Obama success story…that’s what we were told…but once again it turns out it’s just another in a long list of lies spewed by this administration.
Yemen is now a country in turmoil…a country in the grips of yet another Arab Spring gone horribly wrong…so horribly wrong that we closed our embassy in Senaa in mid-February and in late March we evacuated 300 military personnel from a base in southern Yemen. Yemen…where the Houthi are battling government-backed fighters in an effort to take control of the country and where Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia…in sort of a proxy war with mostly Shi’ite Iran…and a small coalition of other neighboring Arab countries who support exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi…are ending their nearly month-long airstrike operation…’Operation Decisive Storm’…against the Houthi rebels and are ready to begin a new undertaking called ‘Operation Restoring Hope’ which they claim will focus on security and counter terrorism.
Hoping to restore the Yemini government, the problem the Saudis now face is that the Houthi rebels still control most of the capital of Sanaa NO matter the Saudi claim that they have “degraded Houthi-controlled military infrastructure, including key buildings in the capital.” And, remember too, that the Houthi have overrun the country’s northern provinces even though we gave the Saudis logistical and intelligence support…and even though Obama begrudgingly gave the Saudi coalition refueling aircraft and launched ‘limited’ airstrikes against the Houthi.
And this was done at the very same time Obama tried to persuade the Saudis to limit the scope of their bombing campaign against his fellow muslim brethren and to focus instead on protecting their own borders. Translation: more ‘leading from behind’…more empty words and actions that were too little and too late allowing Obama to have NO direct involvement in the fighting, thus keeping him…or so he thinks…from being blamed for even more muslim deaths in a country where civilian casualties are running high and where Saudi officials in conjunction with coalition officials from the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait say their aim is to bring back Yemen’s “security and stability through establishing a political process.”
‘Establishing a political process’ by countries where Obama released GITMO prisoners to…by countries NOT really America’s friends.
So Obama is once again ‘leading from behind’ in yet another foreign policy failure…another instance where Iran seems to be calling the shots…another instance where Obama is going through the motions of doing something but actually is doing NOTHING for ‘leverage’ and the upper-hand is what this is all about.
‘Leverage’…the power or ability to act or to influence people, events, and decisions…as in Obama will do and say any and everything…including playing soldier…or in this case sailor…by putting on this military ‘dog and pony’ show of force to get that Iranian nuclear deal signed and in place before he leaves office…for his anything but stellar legacy…even if it means sending our warships off the coast of a place where they have NO legal authority to do what some Naval officials say they were sent to do. Sadly, the truth is that our military has been rendered impotent to follow through on any and all threats from Iran…threats that should be and would be handled post haste…as in you do NOT pull your warships back there will be NO nuclear deal of any sorts and even harsher sanctions will be put into place…if we had a strong leader instead of a traitor at the helm of America’s ship.
Remember, Iran…who routinely calls for ‘death to America’ and is calling all the shots in the nuclear deal…will do what they want to do when they want to do it and Obama will NOT stop them for when all the bloviations are said and done…when the Saudi coalition does go home…and when Iran refuses to back down and withdraw their warships with Obama giving them the thumbs-up from the sidelines… pretty soon we will start seeing our warships turning around as they start heading back to ‘friendly’ waters having done nothing but make us even more of a laughing stock in the eyes of the world’s than we already are.
Nothing to see here folks…just more of the same old same old show of American military might being rendered powerless…military might that unfortunately has Barack HUSSEIN Obama tying their hands behind their backs.
Today, Wednesday, April 22nd, on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 2 to 4pm EST, Craig and Diane will discuss the bruhaha over gay weddings, the candidates, and the Constitution; Hillary’s platform which is anything but; and U.S. warships off the coast of Yemen.
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