I am old enough to remember the USS Pueblo incident back in 1967 when the North Korean communists attacked a US Naval ship and took hostages on the high seas.
One sailor was killed and 82 were held captive and tortured by the North Koreans for eleven months and President Johnson did nothing. In June of 1968 the USS Liberty was attacked by the nation of Israel with repeated air and torpedo boat attacks that resulted in 34 Sailors, Marines and contract civilians being murdered on the high seas and President Johnson did nothing.
In both cases Navy fighter aircraft could have come to the rescue, but good old LBJ (Johnson) either refused to launch the aircraft or recalled the fighters already in the air. In November of 1979 the Iranians (Persians) attacked the US Embassy. They took American civilians and military members hostage for 444 days and President Carter only made a bigger mess by getting American military killed in the desert in a failed (no, botched) hostage rescue attempt.
The USS Pueblo is still floating, tied up at a North Korean pier and used as a museum to show all of the good little communists just how the past and current Democratic US presidents have allowed America to become weak and continue to be weak. So now the US Navy has two of its riverine command boats taken by the Persians on the high seas. What were these shallow water, coastal small boats doing in the middle of the Persian Gulf? First I heard that both boats developed mechanical problems–well I suggest incompetence or sabotage if that is true. Then it was one boat had propulsion problems–that is what a tow line is for.
The functioning boat, tows the non-functioning boat to safety and if you see Persians coming, you do it as fast as you can. Then it was a navigational aid failure problem, and the poor sailors did not know where they were. You are telling me no one on those two boats had a simple compass that they could have figured out which way was west, and then hauled butt as fast as they can to the Kuwait coastline when the Persians showed up on the ocean horizon?
These were armed US Navy vessels and they failed to fight to prevent being boarded by Persians. They turned over their boats to a hostile nation’s navy without a shot fired. As usual, when this happens, I question what politically correct senior Navy officer made the decision not to send aircraft? Ah yes, shades of USS Pueblo and USS Liberty, low ranking sailor boys and in this case sailor girls do not count–they are expendable.
Persians after taking our military members could just as easily have kept them for months as political pawns.
Something you need to keep in mind, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims are much better at killing each other than killing western infidels. So here is a little public math question, what equals what?
Barack Obama’s father was a Shiite Muslim. Barack Obama writes in his books about following his father’s Shiite dreams, not his own dreams. The Persians are Shiite Muslims–Persians equal Iran. Re-read the previous two sentences and tell me what that might equal. Then look at how hard and how fast Obama is giving away the farm to the Persians–the Shiite Persians. The Persians are laughing at us on Iranian TV and radio. They cannot believe how naive the US political system is at capitulating to Iran to the detriment of the US, and of course the Sunni-Arab Muslim countries.
It is really not that hard to fathom, if you are pro-Shiite that equals to pro-Persian, which equals to pro-Iran.
Now, if you are a first generation born American (on dad’s side), descended from the Shiite religion and more importantly a Shiite political belief, regardless of whatever religion you claim to be currently involved in, do you think you might side with the Persians over the Arabs? The Arab-Sunni world is scared of the Shiite Persians. They, however, are not laughing at America and what Obama is giving away to the Persians, they are so scared they are willing to work with Israel. I smell a rat, and I question why those small coastal patrol craft were even in the middle of the Persian Gulf. I want to hear the un-redacted report on just what was communicated between the two Navy boats and their senior leadership at the time of the crisis on the high seas. Also who gave the original order to send those boats in the direction of the Persians in the first place?
In the Christian world you are taught in Sunday school and by watching Hollywood feed martyrs to the lions in Roman coliseums, that you will surrender your life to the lions and your oppressors, before you deny your God and his Son. In the Muslim world the ends justify the means, and if you need to temporarily deny your God (Allah and Islam) to fool the infidels that is allowed (it is called taqiyya). Somehow Christians fail to grasp that people of other religions might lie about their beliefs to better their cause.
If it is Shiite, it will bite, and when it is done biting the Sunnis (to death) it will turn its fangs to the west.
There is a reason the Greeks at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC proclaimed to the Persians, “Molon labe”– come and take them. The Persians even before they became Shiite Muslims were the invaders and suppressors of that region. This will not improve when they get a nuke.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.”