We were all shocked last week when 10 U.S. sailors were detained in Iranian custody. Perhaps more shocking was that it happened on the day of Obama’s State of the Union Address – and received zero attention during that address.
But not to worry – the problem was resolved peacefully through John Kerry’s superb diplomacy (and a billion dollars or so) and the sailors were released unharmed, the White House tells us.
As the Washington Free Beacon reported, the Iranians are telling a different story, and it doesn’t look good for international perception of our strength:.
A senior Iranian military commander in charge of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed that the 10 U.S. sailors who were recently captured and subsequently released by the Islamic Republic “started crying after [their] arrest,” according to Persian language comments made during military celebrations this weekend.
Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the IRGC, which is responsible for boarding the U.S. ships and arresting the sailors, claimed in recent remarks, the “American sailors started crying after arrest, but the kindness of our Guard made them feel calm.”
Hossein went on to brag that the incident provides definitive evidence of the Iranian military’s supremacy in the region.
“Since the end of the Second World War, no country has been able to arrest American military personnel,” the commander said, according to an independent translation of his Persian-language remarks made Friday during a “martyrs’ commemoration ceremony” in Isfahan.
Iranian state television additionally published video purporting to show one of the detained soldiers apologizing to Iran.
Meanwhile, during Friday prayers in Iran, a commander of the IRGC unit that detained the U.S. boats and claimed that the American military cowered when faced down by Iranian troops.
“I saw the weakness, cowardice, and fear of American soldiers myself. Despite having all of the weapons and equipment, they surrendered themselves with the first action of the guardians of Islam,” Ahmad Dolabi, an IRGC commander, said in Persian-language remarks at a prayer service in Iran’s Bushehr providence.
“American forces receive the best training and have the most advanced weapons in the world,” he added. “But they did not have the power to confront the Guard due to weakness of faith and belief.”
Do any of you really believe our Sailors started crying after their capture? Of course not – but Obama’s inaction on this matter has managed to signal weakness on our part to the rest of world yet again. Aren’t you glad he just signed a nuclear agreement with these people?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]