Wow! Read these excerpts from a Fox News website article about the recent Iranian seizure of two
boats and crews (1). US
“…when the order was given to evade the Iranian forces, the helmsman refused the order.”
The helmsman "refused the order" ?????
Are you kidding me?! That’s mutiny.
“ ‘The story here is these guys had gotten so used to Iranians doing stupid s---, having weapons pointed at them all the time, they didn’t know they were being captured until the Iranians boarded their boats,’ one defense official said describing the lack of situational awareness by the Navy crew. ‘They messed up pretty bad.’ “
Are you kidding me?! We’ve gotten so used to being threatened that we didn’t even know we were being boarded? This is what happens when your default force posture is appeasement. Sure, they’re pointing presumably live weapons at you but, hey, don’t respond. That’s idiotic. If someone points a weapon at you, shoot them! Even in the civilian world, that’s legal.
At the moment, these are unsubstantiated snippets so I’ll withhold final judgment pending the release of the official report in a couple days but this doesn’t look good.
A Congressman (I can’t recall who it was) who had been briefed on this incident, stated in an interview a week or so ago that we weren’t going to believe what would be in the report on this. If these snippets are any example, he was more than right.
If these incidents are proven to be true in the official report, CNO Richardson should resign for having allowed the Navy’s readiness and discipline to fall to such a low level. Of course, to be fair, the bulk of the blame lies with his predecessor, Adm. Greenert, but he's now untouchable. Still, the blame always lies with the Captain and the Captain of the Navy is CNO Richardson. He's got to go.
I can’t wait for this report to come out.
(1)foxnews.com, “Navy commodore to be relieved of command over
's capture of his sailors”, Lucas Tomlinson, Iran June 24, 2016,