As I said here when I first reported the Iranian attack and now proven right by defense officials, there is no way that the engines of two US navy boats died at the same time and “drifted” into Iranian waters. The US Navy sailors are well trained, know their exact locations and emergency procedures. I do not believe they were captured in “Iranian waters.” The Obama administration’s story stinks to high heaven.
And all of this has happened before Iran “will cash in with $100 billion plus in sanctions relief”, added Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
100 billion was to be released after international nuclear inspectors verify that Iran has shipped 98 percent of its nuclear fuel out of the country, has disabled and removed centrifuges, and has taken a large plutonium reactor permanently offline under Obama’s catastrophic nuclear pact. I do not believe Iran has met these conditions. Hence the hostage situation. Did Obama agree to releasing 100 billion in order to secure release of our kidnapped soldiers?
CNN is reporting that the U.S, is set to unfreeze 100 billion to Iran.
NY Times: On Wednesday morning, however, after the crew members and boats were returned, defense officials said they no longer believed that mechanical problems were the cause, noting that both boats returned to United States custody under their own power.
Defense officials said that they were still trying to untangle the chain of events that led to the episode. Of particular note, they said, was the question of how the military lost contact with not one, but two boats. Several officials noted that the crew members were relatively young, junior enlisted sailors.
For now, questions about the incident itself seemed secondary to how it was resolved.
Not to me or any other rational American. Only to the NY TImes and the Iranian boot-lickers in the Obama administration.
While the countries still have a long way to go before normalizing relations, analysts say a less charged atmosphere that allowed the speedy resolution is a reflection of changing priorities in Tehran and Washington.
“The top leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not looking for any tension with America,” said Nader Karimi Joni, a journalist aligned with Iran’s reformists who once served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he added, the “whole system sought tension.”
He continued: “Now, things have changed. Both sides, America and Iran, are in direct contact and they seek détente. Currently there is no need for anti-Americanism.”
The sailors’ release was announced shortly before 10 a.m. on an Iranian state-run news channel, IRINN. “The detained U.S. sailors, after it was realized that their entry into Iran’s territorial waters was unintentional, and after the sailors apologized, were released into international waters in the Persian Gulf,” the channel reported, attributing the statement to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The United States Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain confirmed the release, saying in a statement that there were “no indications that the sailors were harmed during their brief detention” and that the Navy would “investigate the circumstances that led to the sailors’ presence in Iran.”
American Navy boats in an undisclosed location in Iran. The undated photograph was also released by the Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday. Credit Sepahnews, via Associated Press
The sailors were being flown to an American military facility in Qatar, where they were to be debriefed and given medical exams, a senior Defense Department official said.
The defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, released a statement commending the “timely way in which this situation was resolved” and thanked Mr. Kerry “for his diplomatic engagement with Iran to secure our sailors’ swift return.”
The quick release of the sailors stands in sharp contrast to the episode eight years ago involving the British marines, which developed into a major international standoff.
In 2007, 15 British marines were arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Navy, which accused them of entering Iranian waters. The sailors were held for 13 days before the government of Mr. Ahmadinejad, then the president, set them free during a televised farewell ceremony in which they were given new suits and carpets as parting gifts.
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