Iranian military boats veer dangerously close to US warship

by The Wall Street Journal |  |  published on July 12, 2016

Boats from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. military vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, part of a pattern that the top American general in the region—who was on the ship at the time—said risked grave miscalculation.

“What concerns me is our people don’t always have a lot of time to deal with those interactions,” said Gen. Joe Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, as he stood on the bridge of the amphibious ship later in the day. “It’s measured in minutes to really have the opportunity to make the right decision.”

The five Iranian boats included four small patrol craft and a larger boat called a Houdong fast-attack craft. At least one of the patrol boats was equipped with a .50 caliber machine gun and what is known as a multiple rail rocket launcher. They came within several hundred yards of the American ship.

  • Born in the South and proud

    100 Yards is too dam close. Blast their ass out of the water.

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  • Richard Bagenstose

    i’m surprised oboma didn’t order them to surrender to the irainians , and turn the ship over to them , hell he gave them nukes , might as well throw in a couple of battle ships to

  • itsfun

    They better be careful, Obama just might draw another red line. Then they will be in trouble.

  • InfidelCrusader

    “What concerns me is our people don’t always have a lot of time to deal with those interactions,”

    That’s their whole point, to force our people to make mistakes and poor decisions that they can capitalize on to embarrass us. If only someone had the stones to sink one of their boats I bet they would knock off the nonsense real fast.

  • 1947goldenjet

    Huma should tell her relatives to cut the crap.

    • Cawaynus

      Huma Abedin or Valeria Jarrett are probably the ones that notified the Iranians where our ship was, since it was a stealthy model. If the Iranians just happened to spot it, they were probably surprised when they saw that this ship could blow them all out of the water!

  • Retired

    Every where there is an attempt to get the US to start something.

    • AKLady2015


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      • studi30

        LOL! you don’t understand what Retired posted if you agree with him.

    • Cawaynus

      Retired – Our government should be doing something! When you allow anyone, governments or pirates, to harass us with no consequence, they will only get worse. It’s the same as robbing the bank, or Black Lives Matter movement, or Russia’s harassment with their fighter planes, and any other kind of misbehavior. If allowed to do it, with no consequences, it will continue to get worse! There has to be consequences to bad actions!

  • Walter Flatt


    • AKLady2015

      That would be a vioation of international law./

      • Born in the South and proud

        In this case screw international law.

      • studi30

        The US still hasn’t turned Prez Bush into the World Court in Belgium for war crimes. The UN and the World Court are just hot air. Unfortunately the UN is in the US sucking us dry.

        • AKLady2015

          in 201, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found the former heads of state guilty after a four-day hearing. A seven-member panel chaired by former Malaysian Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman presided over the trial.

          The five panel tribunal unanimously decided that the former US and British leaders had committed crimes against peace and humanity, and also violated international law when they ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

          • studi30

            Kuala Lampur? Malaysia, which is Muslim, has more human rights violations than most. You really are a winner aren’t you?

          • ricktenny

            That’s why I blocked her. If enough of us do, more intelligent conversations can be had.

  • Sue

    Did they sink them? I wish they would.

    • Born in the South and proud

      Naw, they carried out the latest o directive and threw rose leaves on the water. Come on Jan 2017 hurry up. Trump 2016

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