Back in January a crew of our sailors were captured in Iranian waters, but as we just struck a nuclear deal with the Iranians, Obama decided to punish our soldiers for the episode.
I guess it looks better to blame the victims for this than admit that Iran isn’t the friend the administration makes them out to be.
American sailors who were detained by Iran in January gave away too much information to their captors and were seized in the Gulf following a series of missteps by the crew and their superiors, the U.S. Navy said in a report on Thursday.
The report said some of the 10 crew members, detained at gunpoint Jan. 12 by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had revealed sensitive information, such as phone and laptop passwords, to the Iranians.
At the time of their capture, an international incident that rattled nerves days before the implementation of a nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, the sailors were in transit in two vessels from Kuwait to Bahrain.
Iran used the detentions for propaganda purposes that kept the incident in the headlines for weeks afterward.
The U.S. Navy report blamed the incident on poor planning, leaders who did not properly consider risks, and complacency amid a lack of oversight and low morale.
I’m pretty sure we could blame any military blunder of the past century on “poor planning, leaders who did not properly consider risks” and “low morale.” The Iranians were faulted too in the report as well at least.
The report said administrative action had been taken with regard to two personnel, and recommended action be taken regarding six others.
The report also faulted the IRGC for violating international norms. The Iranians replaced an American flag on board with an IRGC one, ransacked the vessels, and damaged equipment, the report said.
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