Last night, right before the State of the Union was about to begin, news came across the wire that Iran had captured two boats with ten U.S. sailors aboard. The President was alerted to the situation right before his speech was set to begin but he made no mention of it. The only time Iran was discussed in his address to Congress and the country (very few Americans were likely watching) was with this:
“We built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. And as we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.”
One has to wonder if his rhetoric was toned down after the boats were captured, but knowing President Obama, this kind of muted response to a potential nuclear-powered maniacal regime is typical.
During his speech Obama also said:
As someone who begins every day with an intelligence briefing, I know this is a dangerous time. But that’s not because of diminished American strength or some looming superpower. In today’s world, we’re threatened less by evil empires and more by failing states.
And yet, ten American soldiers were being threatened at that moment in an evil empire. What was the White House’s response to the situation? How did they secure the release of these American men and one woman (who was forced into wearing a hijab) in uniform? There’s no more apparent example of diminished American strength than the fact that WE APOLOGIZED.
The FARS News Agency reports:
“Following technical and operational investigations and in interaction with relevant political and national security bodies of the country and after it became clear that the US combat vessels’ illegal entry into the Islamic Republic of Iran’s waters was the result of an unintentional action and a mistake and after they extended an apology, the decision was made to release them,” the statement said.
“The Americans have undertaken not to repeat such mistakes,” it added, and continued, “The captured marines were released in international waters under the supervision of the IRGC Navy moments ago.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isn’t denying the Iranian reports, either. He said, “I express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter.”
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