Just hours before Barack Obama was to give his final State of the Union Speech, his Charmberlain-esque appeasement of Iran has reared its ugly head.
Two United States Navy vessels and ten U.S. Navy sailors have been taken into custody by the Iranian regime.
Iran has promised to return the crew “promptly,” but this raises questions why they were apprehended in the first place.
News reports indicate the Navy lost contact with two small boats when they were moving through the Persian Gulf. Both boats were traveling between Bahrain and Kuwait.
“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook stated.
Iranian military forces are holding the boats – and apparently the crew as well – on the island of Farsi. The sailors were on a training mission when one of them began experiencing mechanical problems. They may have drifted into Iranian waters before being seized.
The incident came on the heels of an incident in late December when Iran launched a rocket test near U.S. warships and boats passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
Search and Rescue teams from the USS Harry S Truman tried to assist the crew but backed off after they were captured by Iran.
The incident came amid heightened tensions with Iran, and only hours before President Barack Obama was set to deliver his final State of the Union address to Congress and the public. It set off a dramatic series of calls and meetings as U.S. officials tried to determine the exact status of the crew and reach out to Iranian leaders.
None of this should be a surprise. When you embolden the enemy by capitulating to their demands in a “dangerous and delusional” agreement and sit idly by while they continue their “Death to America” rhetoric, you get what you paid for.
Maybe Jimmy Carter can give Obama a call with some advice on how to deal with hostages in Iran?
Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.