As we reported earlier this week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy destroyer operating off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea on Sunday — just two days after the Obama administration further eased sanctions on Iran.
Now, they’ve just done it again, as Reuters reports:
A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters.
Leading members of Congress now suspect a portion of a recent $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran may have been used to help arm and support the Yemeni terrorists who fired the missiles.
The White House “strongly condemned” Sunday’s incident as “irresponsible,” not showing “respect for international law” and placing civilians in danger, but that’s as far as it went. (Clearly, the Iran-backed rebels now wholeheartedly regret Sunday’s incident after being called “irresponsible” — but decided to go ahead anyway and fire again today.) Meanwhile, there are many, including our own Col. West, who would suggest the firing of these missiles targeting our US Navy ship is an act of war and should be responded to as such, especially after repeated incidents over the past several months.
Now, the Obama administration is threatening actual retaliation — but just not against Iran. Nope, Obama and Kerry’s new BFF — the number one global state sponsor of terror — get a pass for firing missiles at us. However, the Secretary of State John Kerry says we will strike back against the Russians for the hacking that’s apparently inflicting a special kind of terror on those who are hellbent on seeing Hillary Clinton succeed Barack Obama as president.
As The Washington Examiner reports:
Secretary of State John Kerry promised that the United States would retaliate against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to meddle in the American presidential election.
“We released this information to put the people doing it on a notice that they’re not, quote, ‘getting away with it’ for free, as well as to put states on notice that we’re serious when we say they need to take every measure possible to guarantee the integrity of our elections,” Kerry said Monday at The Internet Association’s Virtuous Cycle Conference. “And we will and can respond in ways that we choose to at the time of our choice.”
That threat comes days after the Obama administration accused Russia of perpetrating a series of politically-charged hacks, including targeting the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The accusation stopped short of formally accusing the Russians of breaching a pair of state voter registration data bases, although U.S. officials have blamed Russia in private and Kerry seemed to imply they were behind those attacks as well.
“What makes the Russian thing so different is that I don’t think any of us engaged previously in democratic exercise where we actually tried to change the votes somehow by co-opting the counting process,” Kerry said.
Kerry also acknowledged that the United States has tried to “affect outcomes” of foreign elections, but he also argued for a distinction between American information-sharing and direct hacks.
“But that said, this ain’t the first time countries, ours included, have tried to affect outcomes of governments or – in one part of the world or another,” he continued. “I mean, go back to Iran in 1953 when Mosaddegh was run out by the CIA and Kermit Roosevelt and – we were engaged in changing government, or Diem in Vietnam when we – so there’s a history of involvement. And some people argue to me as secretary of state when I visit their countries that legitimate national institutions of ours like the National Democratic Institute or the International Republican Institute are engaged in that kind of activity.”
Kerry defended U.S. institutions and praised the Internet as a powerful tool for spurring “political change” by allowing people to “know exactly what everybody else in the world has” at the same time. He faulted governments for taking “ominous” steps to prevent that flow of information.
“This is some sort of nonsense,” Putin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in response to the accusation, per the Washington Post. “Every day, Putin’s site gets attacked by tens of thousands of hackers. Many of these attacks can be traced to U.S. territory. It’s not as though we accuse the White House or Langley of doing it each time it happens.”
Message to the world: sure, go ahead and seize our Sailors and humiliate them on their knees at gunpoint, harass our ships and even fire on our destroyers. We’ll “condemn” you and call you “irresponsible” — but the check’s still in the mail.
But try to get in the way of the Obama administration’s anointed successor, Hillary Clinton, by releasing their own communications — which, ironically enough, they failed to keep secure, in an attempt to keep them hidden from the American people — and there’ll be hell to pay.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]