Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Another Brush With Iran, Another U.S. Humiliation

Since President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, it seems that every encounter between the world’s foremost terrorist state and the U.S. brings the world’s lone superpower down a peg.
After firing rockets within a mile of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz last month, Iran two weeks later posted video of 10 detained U.S. sailors kneeling and being held at gunpoint after their transport vessel was seized for straying into Iranian waters earlier this month.
Now — within a single month — comes a third embarrassment for the U.S. Iran claimed on Friday that it flew a military drone over one of our aircraft carriers and provided video that the drone purportedly took.
The video is chilling because it shows our carrier in a viewfinder’s crosshairs — at the center of a bullseye.
Our Navy confirmed that a drone was seen “directly over” the Harry S. Truman in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 — the same day the sailors were detained — but said a Navy chopper flew near it beforehand and determined it to be unarmed.
The commander of Iran’s navy, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, boasted on Iranian state TV that the drone got “so close to the warship” that it could “shoot such beautiful and accurate footage of the combat units of the foreign forces.” Iran was conducting naval exercises at the time.
According to Tehran’s state news agency, an Iranian submarine on an intelligence-gathering mission also took “clear pictures of the aircraft carrier without catching the attention of the staff on board.”
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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