UK jets scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft
Fighters - small, fast, agile - were scrambled to intercept a Russian reconnaissance plane.
Pentagon says ships harassed by Iran
Speedboats - small, fast, agile - were sent out to intercept a Navy WARSHIP convoy.
An Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged at and threatened to blow up a three-ship U.S. Navy ... then vanished
Perhaps in Russia the news could have read: "Fleet of UK Tornados charged aggressively at peaceful Russian reconnaissance plane and then
Russia could have released a video of the incident, edited, chopped up and added a spooky voice at the end saying "we are coming at you... you will
explode in ... minutes". They could leave details ambiguous calling it: "heavily accented"...
I find it difficult to simply trust and believe in the stories we are told in the news when our Defense Secretary says something like this:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking aboard the USS New Orleans pierside in San Diego, told reporters on Monday "it would be nice to see the
Iranian government disavow this action and say that it won't happen again."
There is so much going on AGAINST Iran from our side, that I can't even keep up... To imply the best course for Iran is to simply allow us to sail
Warships (likely fully armed), 12 miles from their coast would be a monumental tactical error... Gates is setting Iran up for failure. Iran will NOT
disavow these actions, they cannot. As many Americans will see it, Iran will be "defiant" once again (and thus supports "aggressive tactics"
against the US). If Iranian warships sailed 12 miles off our coast, would we not have boats there to greet them and ask them their heading/speed
among other useless requests until they are headed away from our country?
I do not wish any harm come to our troops. I fully acknowledge that they should and MUST protect themselves at all times. But I look at this
"incident" and see so many holes and half-truths in the Pentagon's story, it makes my blood boil. There are men and women are on these boats
putting their lives on the line and we're playing political games.
1. In my humble opinion, 5 boats is not considered a "fleet".
2. It is irresponsible and a lie to say "the Iranians threatened to blow up our ships" without establishing the identity of the voice. The way it
is worded in the article made it sound like they had established contact with, and were directly threatened by the Iranians.
3. The "hit-and-run" tactics described in the article (charging at and then vanishing) are a lie as well. The Iranians did not vanish. They
stopped and "saw our ships off" (as the UK article describes it).
To have outright opened fire on the Iranians would have been a mistake as well and again, in my opinion, another lie. Perhaps they meant they would
have fired WARNING shots first... Why leave it so ambiguous? To leave it so is to further imply there was greater danger present than there probably
To see the full 45 min video go to: www.pentagonchannel.mil...
there is a search bar in the bottom left; "Iran boat" should result in the video
coming up on the first page.
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