The country of Iran, with whom we have wonderful relations, according to the White House, has released a new video and set of photos of the capture and detention of U.S. sailors last month.
The latest photos show at least one sailor apparently weeping as he and his crewmates are held in a room by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
It’s the propaganda coup that keeps on giving.
I don’t think it can be said often enough that this capture and humiliation of U.S. military personnel occurred while President Obama was giving the State of the Union address, in which he touted how his nuclear agreement with Iran was going to make the world safer.
In a particularly braggadocious segment when Obama was boasting about his “smarter approach” to handling problems around the world, the president said, “That’s why we built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. And as we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.”
That’s a bad joke. Every participant, including Iran and the White House, has refused or been unable to ratify the agreement. President Obama “may end up being the only person in the world to sign his much-wanted deal, in effect making a treaty with himself,” said the Gatestone Institute’s Amir Taheri.
Even the State Department has admitted it’s not a legally binding agreement.
Despite that, Iran is getting billions of dollars from the deal, and Obama is touting it like it’s the best thing to happen since the end of World War II.
Meanwhile in the real world, Iran had captured two Navy riverine boats and their crew, despite the Obama Administration telling the Iranian command that the Navy was sending a ship to get them.
According to CNN, “The U.S. Navy informed Iranian military vessels in the area they were coming in for a search-and-rescue, the official said. There were ‘robust bridge-to-bridge communications’ during that time, but there was no trouble, the official said.”
But the Iranians took the crew ashore anyway. It took Secretary of State John “I Served in Vietnam” Kerry a half-dozen phone calls before the Iranians agreed to release our sailors and their boats.
In the final analysis, the only reason the Iranians released our sailors was that they were expecting a big payday from the lifting of international sanctions as part of the verbal agreement they cut with Obama, and they didn’t want to jeopardize that.
Once the sailors were released, the Obama Administration fell all over itself to thank the Iranians. To Americans, the official line was to feign confusion over why Republicans and other thinking people were critical of the White House’s display of weakness.
Kerry said, “I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter.”
Lt. Ketchup reminded listeners — for the umpteen hundredth time — that he was “a former sailor myself” and therefore magically understood the importance of Naval power.
He added that the entire incident symbolized how our two countries can now work together, saying, “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong.”
Tell it to the Iranians.
Our sailor can be forgiven for reacting emotionally to what must have been a stressful situation.
What can’t be forgiven is the preening peacocks in the Obama Administration pretending that they’ve projected U.S. strength when all they’ve done is turn our country into a global laughingstock.