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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 26 January 2018 - 11:52 AM

Why have Iranian naval craft stopped harassing US Navy ships?




http://www.americanthinker.com
By Rick Moran
January 26, 2018



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For the last few years, Iranian patrol boats manned by Revolutionary Guard sailors have been harassing US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf. The boats would rush toward US ships, sometimes barely avoiding collisions. It's as if the Iranians were daring the US Navy to defend themselves.

But since August, the routine harassment of US ships from Iranian boats has ceased. And the Navy can't figure out why.

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The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed “fast boats” of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials welcomed but were at a loss to explain.

The boats for at least two years would dart toward the U.S. vessels as they passed through the Persian Gulf, risking miscalculation, but haven’t done so for five months, U.S. military officials said.

The officials said they hoped the respite would continue. “I hope it’s because we have messaged our readiness…and that it isn’t tolerable or how professional militaries operate,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Middle East this week. Iranian officials didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The fast boats, typically armed with .50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers, have come within shooting distance of American naval vessels, encounters that grew routine even though each one presents potential dangers to American vessels transiting through international waters.

In some of the more serious incidents, Iranian crews have directed spotlights at ship and aircraft crews, potentially blinding pilots as they conduct operations, according to U.S. military officials. In one case, an Iranian boat pointed a weapon at an American helicopter flying off a Navy vessel, officials said. In the most serious incidents, U.S. vessels have fired warning shots in return.


Iran would never admit to being intimidated, but with Donald Trump in office, a high degree of uncertainty has entered Iranian calculations about how far they can tease and harass the American fleet in the Persian Gulf without a devastating response.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 12:09 PM

Media praises Obama in 3, 2 ...
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 12:57 PM

View Postpepperonikkid, on 26 January 2018 - 11:52 AM, said:


But since August, the routine harassment of US ships from Iranian boats has ceased. And the Navy can't figure out why.



Maybe this author hasn't figured out 'why', but you can rest assured the Navy understands.

Why August? That's around the time when Trump started talking REALLY tough towards Kim Jong DungHeap of North Korea.

NY Times, August 8, 2017: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

They probably are afraid Trump changed the Rules Of Engagement from "warning shot" to "sink with extreme prejudice."
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:44 PM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 26 January 2018 - 12:57 PM, said:

Maybe this author hasn't figured out 'why', but you can rest assured the Navy understands.

Why August? That's around the time when Trump started talking REALLY tough towards Kim Jong DungHeap of North Korea.

NY Times, August 8, 2017: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.

View PostSeverian, on 26 January 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

They probably are afraid Trump changed the Rules Of Engagement from "warning shot" to "sink with extreme prejudice."

So, in other words, it was just a coincidence.
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:43 PM

The answer? The result of the 2016 election. :)
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 06:00 PM

Maybe the Navy lit a couple of them up and no one's talking about it? Nah, the Iranians would be shrieking to high heaven if they had.
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 08:47 PM

View Postpepperonikkid, on 26 January 2018 - 11:52 AM, said:

Why have Iranian naval craft stopped harassing US Navy ships?



Leftist Answer: Those Obama policies are finally kicking in!
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 08:50 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 26 January 2018 - 08:47 PM, said:

Leftist Answer: Those Obama policies are finally kicking in!

Good one
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:37 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 26 January 2018 - 08:47 PM, said:

Leftist Answer: Those Obama policies are finally kicking in!

Maybe the check finally cleared.
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Posted 27 January 2018 - 12:32 AM

View PostSeverian, on 26 January 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

They probably are afraid Trump changed the Rules Of Engagement from "warning shot" to "sink with extreme prejudice."

It's the 'green' thing to do; creates reefs for the cute little fishies where there were none before.
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Posted 27 January 2018 - 04:16 PM

Mattis is causing them to lose sleep.
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