What could these suicidal Shiite Twelvers hope to gain going up against a modern American destroyer – with speedboats?
How about a sunken destroyer, captured signal equipment and computers, salvaged missiles, – and 380 prisoners [hostages] including many women? Could it happen? EASY!
We patrol the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Straits of Hormuz for two (2) key reasons:
To ensure the smooth flow of oil to world markets [we get very little of it], and,…
To keep the Persians from launching a war against the various Sunni nations – thus starting a WW IV bloodbath of biblical proportions….
Americans used to understand these concepts, – until union teachers stopped teaching history, geography, and economics; – and instead began teaching schoolkids to believe in global warming and gay pride….and look to the government as your benefactor…
USS Nitze DDG 94 30 officers / 350 crew [many female] is lightly armed for surface combat, – as naval architects were told she’d be operating as part of a task force , – i.e. with many supporting and overlapping guns providing mutual support.
But there she was – alone – sailing through the narrowest waterway in the world under the noses of the Twelvers. They sent out four (4) small boats to hector her.
Nitze carries 96 missile tubes – loaded with a mixture of Tomahawk and ASROC missiles – any ONE of which falling into Iranian hands would be an intelligence gold mine! The tubes are water-tight enough that even if the ship was sunk, – most would likely survive intact. And apply a little torture to the crew….and launch programming sequences would be available.
So what is the Iranian plan?
Keep hectoring US ships with small handfuls of small speedboats – letting their crews gain experience, confidence, and filming everything.
Note carefully exactly when and how the Americans respond, – horn blasts, unlimbering guns, taking evasive action.
That ‘evasive action’ is the key!
If the Twelvers can detect a pattern, – a predictable pattern, – then they can use their fleet of mini-submarines – or even ‘fishing boats’ to lay minefields exactly where they plan to chase American destroyers….
Yesterday the Iranians did it again – to an even smaller US Navy vessel – the USS Squall – a patrol craft armed with just Cal .50 machine guns….
The Squall fired three shots to ward off the Twelvers….
In 1978, 79, 80, Naval Academy graduate Jimmy Carter had NO CLUE what the Twelvers were doing.
Do you think there is ANY CHANCE that Obama has a clue today?
How ’bout Hillary – that great ‘Goddess of Naval Warfare’?
Think she gets it?
Why do you THINK the ARAB COUNRIES were paying Hillary ten$ of Million$ of Dollar$…???
You think it was for “CHARITY”???
THEY KNOW…there’s a WAR COMING!
We expect Democrats to be clueless; – we expect YOU to make up the difference!
UPDATE: Wed 7 Sept 2016 Iranian speedboats hector another US ship, the Patrol Craft Firebolt PC-10 on Sunday Sept 4th. This time seven (7) Iranian speedboats came within 100 yards of Firebolt – which fired flares to warn off the Iranians.
It seems that the Iranians are taking advantage of our election cycle to increase the tempo of their adventurism.
Come January 20th, – they WILL test our next president!