Obama's 'peace initiatives' have put the US Navy at risk
NY Post Editorial:
President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran sure keeps paying dividends — negative ones. The latest: Tehran has begun confronting and harassing US warships in a series of incidents the Pentagon warns carry “a risk of escalation.”Weakness is a provocation too. That is especially so with predator countries like Iran, Russia, and China. Weakness is more likely to cause a war than strength and Obama' only show of strength is to have a drone pop off a few rockets in decapitation strikes of terrorist. The ayatollah does not have to even worry about that.
Then again, that’s a risk only if the Obama administration would actually respond to these in-your-face provocations.
But, as Iran well knows, Team Obama isn’t about to do anything that might endanger the nuke deal and expose the futility of the president’s insistence that Iran will become “a member of the family of nations.”
And it’s not just Iran: In other corners of the world, Russian and Chinese jets this year have been buzzing US ships in a clear-cut test of Washington’s resolve — a test this president is flunking.
In the latest incidents, Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels last week twice veered dangerously close to US warships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, forcing one to actually fire warning shots.
But that’s as far as it’s likely to go. After all, Iran last January took 10 US sailors captive, forced them to kneel at gunpoint and apologize on camera and paraded them with hands in the air — all multiple violations of international law.
Washington’s reaction? Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry publicly hailed Iran’s “appropriate response.” Diplomatic repercussions? None whatsoever.
Just as there have been no repercussions for Iran’s post-deal tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, in clear violation of UN sanctions.