And the hits just keep on coming, folks. We’re bombing ISIS, but haven’t declared war. Russia is slowly overrunning Ukraine. The Islamists are reloading on Israel. Libya has fallen under Islamist influence and in Yemen there’s an agreement with Iranian-backed separatists, the Al Houthi group.
So what else could happen in the world of “global tranquility” per White House mouthpiece Josh “Not So” Earnest? How about a little naval exercise between Iran and China?
Yep, those Iranians who are supposed to be suffering under crushing economic sanctions — oops, forgot — Obama and Kerry have been easing them and releasing billions of dollars back to the Ayatollahs.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports, “Chinese warships have pulled up to docks at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf as the countries prepare to conduct joint naval exercises. “The voyage of the Chinese Army’s fleet of warships for the first time in Persian Gulf waters is aimed at joint preparation of Iran and China for establishing peace, stability, tranquility, and multilateral and mutual cooperation,” Admiral Amir Hossein Azad, commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone, said Saturday. On Sunday, official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Chinese Navy ships, including the Changchun, a guided-missile destroyer, stopped at an Iranian port for a “friendly visit.” The ships carried 650 sailors that would compete in “sport events” with Iranian sailors, according to Iranian state newspaper Kayhan.”
So let’s see, back in the days of President Ronald Reagan and his national security imperative of “peace through strength,” the U.S. Navy was at 575 combat vessels. Today, our venerable U.S. Navy — “a global force for good” — is down to around 283 surface combatant vessels on the way to 230. We will have the smallest Navy since 1917 under the astute vision of President Barack Hussein Obama — ya think that had anything to do with China steaming to Iran and entering the Persian Gulf for the first time EVER? And to conduct joint naval exercises, well, that’s based on contingency plans — and you can just imagine what those are. You see, this is an overseas contingency operation being enjoined by China and Iran.
The Beacon says, “the visit is just one example of growing ties between China and Iran. A Chinese fleet commander, Rear Adm. Huang Xinjian, said the visit was intended to “deepen mutual understanding, and to enhance exchanges between our two countries’ navies.”
And just in case you’re not up to speed on it, Russia and China have been conducting joint military exercises as well. Y’all remember when Obama tried to scold Mitt Romney in the final debate on national security and foreign policy by telling Romney, the 80s are calling and want their foreign policy back? Well, Obama is revealed as the incompetent fool he truly is on foreign policy and our national security — which is being outsourced to Syrian rebels who will train in Saudi Arabia.
I seem to recall another Democrat president doing something similar — John F. Kennedy and his failure was called the “Bay of Pigs” invasion. Doggone, I hate it when history seems to be repeating itself.
Those who have served in the military and have studied military history know a nation’s power is projected not by its army — but rather by its navy. That has been the rule since the days of the Phoenicians. The Spartans were a powerful land force but what made the Athenians more potent was their navy. The Roman fleet, the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, British and Japanese all knew the power of a navy and its ability to project national presence — as well as secure the sea lanes of commerce for trade and economic growth.
Seems the Iranian regime isn’t so isolated if a Chinese fleet is docking in its Bandar Abbas harbor — where I remember doing a simulation exercise on a contingency plan to conduct airborne and air assault operations to secure. Boy howdy, what a different Army, we can’t even take on a 31,500-man terrorist army under this faux Commander-in-Chief.
And so it goes, the influence, regard, and strategic reach of America is no longer respected — but hey, everyone likes us right? I guess this is what Obama wanted — just to be pals with all the despots, dictators, theocrats, and autocrats.
Yep, this sucks. By the way, how does one speak Farsi with a Mandarin accent?